Manipulators built using the modules Energid proposes will advance the application of free-flying robots by enabling them to both sense and manipulate the environment. The ability to perch will save power and extend life. The simulation software, which includes both vehicle dynamics and sensors will support NASA and other researchers in exploring algorithms and missions before fielding those plans. The value provided through these applications will lead to additional work for Energid from NASA. Energid will provide support for creating mechanisms from the modules and simulation software's application on upcoming missions both as a prime contractor and as a supporting subcontractor to large NASA prime contractors.
Energid, through its Robai subsidiary, manufactures and sells robots. These robots are bundled with the Actin software underpinning the control and simulation software used for this project. Energid has manufactured and sold many hundreds of robots to customers in many fields and markets. This contract will enable Energid to extend its robots into new markets, particularly for use with terrestrial quadcopters, where the lightweight low-power design will find wide application. In addition, Energid will license the control and simulation software improvements made to its Actin software toolkit. Actin is delivered as libraries and header files that can be compiled into new software. This form of Energid's technology has found application in software for space, manufacturing, entertainment, agriculture, and oil exploration. Energid will license the new software and provide services to support it.