VERTICALLY LANDING AND AUTONOMOUSLY ORIENTING PLANETARY IMAGING SYSTEM
We are developing the planetary lander MANTIS named for its resilience and bio-inspiration. Mantis is capable of completely jettisoning off a flight vehicle mid-descent and landing upright on four passively deployed legs. Once on the ground, the system will autonomously self-level via actuated motors, capture a 360 degree panoramic image, and transmit the image to the base station. After completing the mission, the lander will then attempt locomotion via actuated legs and transmission of additional panoramic images.