The NASA market for self-sensing tethers is focused on missions featuring robotic exploration, especially using the Axel rover. NASA is planning specific missions including Mid-Size Rovers, Astrobiology Field Lab, Network Landers, Europa Explorer, and Titan-Enceladus Explorer to bring back samples from comets, asteroids, and the lunar south polar basin, and Mars. Market opportunities for tethered rovers within NASA often coincide with Mars exploration missions that are launched every 26 months. Prime contractors supporting NASA's rover missions include Lockheed Martin Astronautics. Reducing the size, weight, and power of the sensing tether's interrogation system will show the feasibility of including this technology on missions to asteroids, Mars, and the rest of the Solar System
Luna has already seen significant market pull for distributed fiber optic shape and position sensing in minimally invasive surgery. In 2014, Intuitive Surgical acquired Luna's shape sensing technology for use in medical applications. Luna's recent developments have generated interest outside of the medical arena, with inspections of military structures, human posture measurements, and long-range shape and position measurement all as potential areas of growth. Reducing the size, weight, and power of the interrogation system will enable this technology to meet a wider range of industry needs and bring it closer to industry adoption. The sensing tether technology has particular application in robotics, from search and rescue operations to underwater vehicles, and from tethered military robots to energy sector inspection robots.