Potential NASA Commercial Applications: A recent collaborative survey entitled, 'A Roadmap for US Robotics From Internet to Robotics' identified robust 3D perception, planning and navigation, intuitive human-robot interfaces as critical capability gaps that are cross-cutting for the robotics industry which includes space exploration . The Adaptive LIDAR System is ideally suited to telerobotic navigation, path planning, inspection, and identification. This is directly applicable to NASA's planetary exploration initiatives (e.g., Moon, Mars, & NEOs). Current robotic platforms, such as MER and MSL rovers, require significant manpower to analyze and plan mobility operations to ensure obstacle avoidance as well as identify objects of interest for science operations. Some of these tasks could be automated with an adaptive LIDAR system greatly enhancing tactical planning algorithms and simplifying crew telerobotic interfaces. In addition, an adaptive LIDAR system can be used for advanced telerobotic research and development at NASA centers. To realize advanced telerobotic systems for space exploration, a large amount of development and testing is required both of sensing technologies as well as intelligent control algorithms. The proposed system will provide a platform for which advanced algorithms can be developed and implemented.