The primary NASA application is Return to Mars. Other applications include ground rovers for moon exploration, satellite mapping for inspection, and terrestrial applications in GPS-denied navigation and camerabased see-and-avoid using optic flow.
Aurora is developing bio-inspired embedded device to improve the performance of vehicles operating in urban environments, where (GPS-based) global or inertial navigation is less important than navigation with respect to ones surroundings (buildings ,trees, and other clutter). NOAMAD will advance Aurora's devices from obstacle avoidance and short-duration guidance through cluttered terrain to goal-directed, long term behaviors that enable missions such as search and rescue and urban VTOL for law enforcement and medical evacuation. Bioinspired methods could also impact toxic cloud tracking by UAVs and border patrol search.