MANTIS (US) Satellite

Spacecraft name MANTIS (Monitoring Activity from Nearby sTars with UV Imaging and Spectroscopy)
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 12U
Status not launched, expected in 2026
Launcher not launched
Organization University of Colorado Boulder
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Operator In-house?
Partners Italian National Institute for Astrophysics, Pennsylvania State University,, Space Telescope Science Institute, NASA, The University of Maryland
Costs $8.5M

Conduct ultraviolet observation of stars to analyze exoplanet conditions.


The spacecraft will observe in the full range of ultraviolet light to explore the atmospheres of “exoplanets” beyond Earth’s solar system. MANTIS will observe the volatile physics of stars burning dozens of light-years from Earth, including as they eject huge bursts of energy in the form of flares. MANTIS will operate in conjunction with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, helping scientists piece together the conditions that could make these worlds habitable—or not.

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