The MANTIS effort will deliver to NASA the development and integration tools and open software to enable researchers to develop and validate plans for using the MANTIS system to conduct experiments on the ISS using the MANTIS hardware planned for integration into the NanoRacks NanoLab facility. These tools will enable NASA and other entities to develop, validate, and then test on-orbit new methods for teleoperation and autonomy in the microgravity environment.
TUI intends to transition the MANTIS technology to our commercialization partner NanoRacks, who will use the MANTIS system to dramatically increase experimental throughput on their NanoLabs systems on the ISS. In addition, the MANTIS platform will give researchers in NASA, academia, and commercial companies the ability to perform experiments with supervised telerobotic operation on the ISS as well as provide the community with development and integration tools, open software, and accessible hardware. The strong potential for successful commercial transition is evidenced by NanoRacks in-kind contributions to the MANTIS effort.