Our Missions

Neptec UK designs and builds space qualified LiDARs, metrology instruments, IR cameras and other intelligent sensors for mission critical space applications for the European market. Building on over 25 years of Neptec experience and history, we are proud to bring innovative technology to the UK. Neptec equipment has been used on over 50 space missions and our staff have provided over 30,000 hours of operational support to those missions.

Luna Resource-1 Lander - ESA

Scheduled to launch in 2021, the “Luna Resource-1 Lander” is an unmanned mission to the Moon – The first in a series of launches that could see the first habitat on the Moon. Neptec’s LEIA (LiDAR for Extra-terrestrial Imaging Applications) will be used as a landing sensor.

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LANDING SENSORS



METROLOGY INSTRUMENTS


PROBA Missions - ESA

PROBA is a series of satellite missions by the ESA, PROBA-3 will study the Sun’s corona. Neptec’s Fine Lateral and Longitudinal Sensor (FLLS) is responsible for accurately measuring the relative position of two satellites in order to keep them in a tight flying formation so they are effectively joined together, even though there is no physical connection.

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IR CubeSat - UK Space Agency

Neptec UK has begun preparations for a future CubeSat mission called IRSAT-1. This mission will launch Neptec UK’s miniaturized Earth Observation IR Camera in a 3U CubeSat into Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

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IN-ORBIT EARTH OBSERVATION


Neptec UK and it’s Canadian partner Neptec Design group bring over 25 years experience developing mission critical systems for space exploration missions to the European space market.

Cygnus CRS OA-8E

November 12, 2017

Cygnus CRS OA-8E

Cygnus TriDAR flies standard on all ISS resupply missions and provides automated, real-time visual guidance for navigation, rendezvous and docking procedures.

Cygnus CRS OA-7

April 18, 2017

Cygnus CRS OA-7

Cygnus TriDAR flies standard on all ISS resupply missions and provides automated, real-time visual guidance for navigation, rendezvous and docking procedures.

Cygnus CRS OA-5

October 17, 2016

Cygnus CRS OA-5

Cygnus TriDAR flies standard on all ISS resupply missions and provides automated, real-time visual guidance for navigation, rendezvous and docking procedures.

Cygnus CRS OA-6

March 23, 2016

Cygnus CRS OA-6

Cygnus TriDAR flies standard on all ISS resupply missions and provides automated, real-time visual guidance for navigation, rendezvous and docking procedures.

ASTRO-H – Hitomi – JAXA

February 7, 2016

ASTRO-H – Hitomi – JAXA

Neptec’s Canadian Astro-H Metrology System (CAMS) was used to measure the lateral displacement of a receiver plate relative to a signal’s axis.

Cygnus CRS OA-4

December 6, 2015

Cygnus CRS OA-4

Cygnus TriDAR flies standard on all ISS resupply missions and provides automated, real-time visual guidance for navigation, rendezvous and docking procedures.

Cygnus CRS Orb-3

October 28, 2014

Cygnus CRS Orb-3

Cygnus TriDAR flies standard on all ISS resupply missions and provides automated, real-time visual guidance for navigation, rendezvous and docking procedures.

Cygnus CRS Orb-2

July 13, 2014

Cygnus CRS Orb-2

Cygnus TriDAR flies standard on all ISS resupply missions and provides automated, real-time visual guidance for navigation, rendezvous and docking procedures.

STS-135 / ISS ULF7 Space Shuttle Atlantis

July 8, 2011

STS-135 / ISS ULF7  Space Shuttle Atlantis

LCS flies as a mandatory system, should any damage occur, LCS will be used to gather 3D data. Neptec’s TriDAR DTO system used for real-time 6 degree of freedom tracking – Including real-time tracking from 2D IR camera data, updated optics and calibration shutter for the IR imager. 

STS-134 / ISS ULF6 Space Shuttle Endeavour

May 16, 2011

STS-134 / ISS ULF6  Space Shuttle Endeavour

The shuttle sustained damage on its ascent to the ISS, and the LCS determined that the shuttle would be safe for re-entry.  The LCS was then permanently stowed onboard the ISS for use in future spacewalks.

STS-133 / ISS ULF5 Space Shuttle Discovery

February 24, 2011

STS-133 / ISS ULF5  Space Shuttle Discovery

LCS flies as a mandatory system, should any damage occur, LCS will be used to gather 3D data.

STS-132 / ISS ULF4 Space Shuttle Discovery

May 14, 2010

STS-132 / ISS ULF4  Space Shuttle Discovery

LCS flies as a mandatory system, should any damage occur, LCS will be used to gather 3D data

STS-131 / ISS 19A Space Shuttle Discovery

April 5, 2010

STS-131 / ISS 19A  Space Shuttle Discovery

LCS flies as a mandatory system, should any damage occur, LCS will be used to gather 3D data. Neptec’s TriDAR DTO was used in tracking of “tumbling targets” and the embedded infrared camera was successfully demonstrated.

STS-130 / ISS 20A Space Shuttle Discovery

February 8, 2010

STS-130 / ISS 20A  Space Shuttle Discovery

LCS flies as a mandatory system, should any damage occur, LCS will be used to gather 3D data.

STS-129 / ISS ULF3 Space Shuttle Discovery

November 16, 2009

STS-129 / ISS ULF3  Space Shuttle Discovery

LCS flies as a mandatory system, should any damage occur, LCS will be used to gather 3D data.

STS-128 / ISS 17A Space Shuttle Discovery

August 28, 2009

STS-128 / ISS 17A  Space Shuttle Discovery

LCS flies as a mandatory system, should any damage occur, LCS will be used to gather 3D data. Neptec’s TriDAR DTO system successfully demonstrated real-time model-based rendezvous and docking techniques for the first time in space.  TriDAR met all of its primary mission objectives.

STS-127 / ISS 2J/A Space Shuttle Discovery

July 16, 2009

STS-127 / ISS 2J/A  Space Shuttle Discovery

LCS flies as a mandatory system, should any damage occur, LCS will be used to gather 3D data.

STS-125 / ISS HST-SM4 Space Shuttle Atlantis

May 11, 2009

STS-125 / ISS HST-SM4  Space Shuttle Atlantis

LCS flies as a mandatory system, should any damage occur, LCS will be used to gather 3D data.

STS-119 / ISS 15A Space Shuttle Discovery

March 15, 2009

STS-119 / ISS 15A  Space Shuttle Discovery

LCS flies as a mandatory system, should any damage occur, LCS will be used to gather 3D data.

STS-126 / ISS ULF2 Space Shuttle Discovery

November 14, 2008

STS-126 / ISS ULF2  Space Shuttle Discovery

LCS flies as a mandatory system, should any damage occur, LCS will be used to gather 3D data.

STS-124 / ISS 1J Space Shuttle Discovery

May 31, 2008

STS-124 / ISS 1J  Space Shuttle Discovery

LCS flies as a mandatory system, should any damage occur, LCS will be used to gather 3D data.

STS-123 / ISS 1J/A Space Shuttle Endeavour

March 11, 2008

STS-123 / ISS 1J/A  Space Shuttle Endeavour

LCS flies as a mandatory system, should any damage occur, LCS will be used to gather 3D data.

STS-122 / ISS 1E Space Shuttle Atlantis

February 7, 2008

STS-122 / ISS 1E  Space Shuttle Atlantis

Damage was incurred when part of the thermal blanket was lifted. The LCS was used to inspect this area and determine that the damage did not pose a threat to the shuttle upon re-entry

STS-118 / ISS 13A.1 Space Shuttle Endeavour

August 7, 2007

STS-118 / ISS 13A.1  Space Shuttle Endeavour

The shuttle sustained damage on its ascent to the ISS, and the LCS determined that the shuttle would be safe for re-entry.

STS-117 / ISS 13A Space Shuttle Atlantis

June 8, 2007

STS-117 / ISS 13A  Space Shuttle  Atlantis

LCS flies as a mandatory system, should any damage occur, LCS will be used to gather 3D data.  The crew used the Space Vision System to connect the S3/S4 Truss to the S1 Truss. 

STS-116 / ISS 12A.1 Space Shuttle Discovery

December 9, 2006

STS-116 / ISS 12A.1  Space Shuttle Discovery

LCS flies as a mandatory system, should any damage occur, LCS will be used to gather 3D data.

STS-115 / ISS 12A Space Shuttle Atlantis

September 9, 2006

STS-115 / ISS 12A  Space Shuttle Atlantis

LCS flies as a mandatory system, should any damage occur. The crew also used the SVS to install the P3/P4 Truss to the P1 Truss.

STS-121 / ULF 1.1 Space Shuttle Discovery

July 4, 2006

STS-121 / ULF 1.1  Space Shuttle Discovery

LCS flies as a mandatory system, should any damage occur, LCS will be used to gather 3D data.

STS 114 / ISS LF1 Space Shuttle Discovery

July 26, 2005

STS 114 / ISS LF1  Space Shuttle Discovery

LCS was used to image several areas of potential tile damage, and to ensure that an external fuel tank door had closed fully.

STS-113 / ISS 11A Space Shuttle Endeavour

November 23, 2002

STS-113 / ISS 11A  Space Shuttle Endeavour

The crew used the Orbiter Space Vision System (OSVS) to provide cues for the installation of the S1 Truss to the S0 Truss. 

STS-112 / ISS 9A Space Shuttle Atlantis

October 7, 2002

STS-112 / ISS 9A  Space Shuttle Atlantis

The crew used in the Orbiter Space Vision System (OSVS) to provide cues for the installation of the S1 Truss to the S0 Truss.

STS-110 / ISS 8A Space Shuttle Atlantis

April 8, 2002

STS-110 / ISS 8A  Space Shuttle Atlantis

The crew used in the Orbiter Space Vision System (OSVS) to provide cues for the installation of the SO Truss to the US Lab.

STS-108 / ISS UF-1 Space Shuttle Endeavour

December 5, 2001

STS-108 / ISS UF-1  Space Shuttle Endeavour

The crew was trained to use the Orbiter Space Vision System (OSVS) to provide cues for the mating of the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module.

STS-105 / ISS 7A.1 Space Shuttle Discovery

August 10, 2001

STS-105 / ISS 7A.1  Space Shuttle Discovery

The crew used the Orbiter Space Vision System (OSVS) to provide cues for the mating of the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module.

STS-104 / ISS 7A Space Shuttle Atlantis

July 12, 2001

STS-104 / ISS 7A  Space Shuttle Atlantis

The ISS crew used the photosolutions provided by both the Orbiter Space Vision System (OSVS) and the Artificial Vision Unit (AVU) to provide cues for the successful installation of the Quest Airlock to the Unity Node.

STS-100 / ISS 6A Space Shuttle Endeavour

April 19, 2001

STS-100 / ISS 6A  Space Shuttle Endeavour

The crew used in the Orbiter Space Vision System (OSVS) to provide cues for the installation of the SLP to the US Lab.

STS-102 / ISS 5A.1 Space Shuttle Discovery

March 8, 2001

STS-102 / ISS 5A.1  Space Shuttle Discovery

Neptec’s Orbiter Space Vision System (OSVS) was used to provide cues for un-mating of the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module. 

STS-97 / ISS 4A Space Shuttle Endeavour

November 30, 2000

STS-97 / ISS 4A  Space Shuttle Endeavour

The Crew used the Orbiter Space Vision System (OSVS) to provide cues for the successful mating of the P6 Truss to the Z1 Truss.

STS-92 / ISS 3A Space Shuttle Discovery

October 11, 2000

STS-92 / ISS 3A  Space Shuttle Discovery

Crew used the Orbiter Vision System (OSVS) to provide cues for the installation of the Z1 Truss and the Pressurized Mating Adapter 3.

STS-106 / ISS 2A/2B Space Shuttle Atlantis

September 8, 2000

STS-106 / ISS 2A/2B  Space Shuttle Atlantis

Neptec’s SVS performed operational evaluations including Automatic Focal Length Calibration Techniques.  In addition, 100hrs of logging of Single-Event Upsets was performed.

STS-101 / ISS 2A.2 Space Shuttle Atlantis

May 19, 2000

STS-101 / ISS 2A.2  Space Shuttle Atlantis

Neptec’s SVS performed operational evaluations including Automated Operations, 2-camera photosolution, Automatic Target Acquisition and logging of Single-Event Upsets.

STS-96 / ISS 2A.1 Space Shuttle Discovery

May 27, 1999

STS-96 / ISS 2A.1  Space Shuttle Discovery

Several tests were performed to evaluate the potential impact of the overhead window to the SVS photosolution in preparation for the 3A Z1 Install Ops. In addition, several tests were performed from the ground to assess the operational viability of the Stored Solution functionality.

STS-88 / ISS 2A Space Shuttle Endeavour

December 4, 1998

STS-88 / ISS 2A  Space Shuttle Endeavour

Crew used the Orbiter Space Vision System (OSVS) for its first operational mission and provided a cue for the mating of the Russian Zarya module to the US Unity module.

STS-95 Space Shuttle Discovery

October 29, 1998

STS-95  Space Shuttle Discovery

Crew used the Orbiter Space Vision System (OSVS) to generate a photosolution during the berthing and un-berthing of the SPARTAN satellite.  

STS-91 Space Shuttle Discovery

June 2, 1998

STS-91  Space Shuttle Discovery

Crew performed similar tasks with the Orbiter Space Vision System (OSVS) to those performed during the STS-89 Flight.  In addition, the new Camera Control Interface Functionality (CCIF) was used. 

STS-89 Space Shuttle Endeavour

January 22, 1998

STS-89  Space Shuttle Endeavour

Crew worked for the first time with the Orbiter Space Vision System (OSVS).  The technical objective was to perform basic photogrametric tasks using the wire-tray targets from two camera views and to compare results with those obtained on the ground at IVT

STS-85 Space Shuttle Discovery

August 7, 1997

STS-85  Space Shuttle Discovery

Crew worked with Advanced Space Vision System (ASVS) to rehearse planned operations during ISS assembly.  On-orbit testing was also performed to verify the tracking performance of different target/background materials.

STS-81 Space Shuttle Atlantis

January 12, 1997

STS-81  Space Shuttle Atlantis

Crew worked with the Advanced Space Vision System (ASVS), designed to monitor position and alignment of structures in space.

STS-80 Space Shuttle Columbia

November 19, 1996

STS-80  Space Shuttle Columbia

Crew worked with the Advanced Space Vision System (ASVS), designed to monitor position and alignment of structures in space.

STS-79 Space Shuttle Atlantis

September 16, 1996

STS-79  Space Shuttle Atlantis

Developed plans and procedures for ASVS ground processing DTO.  Supported real time operations and data collection during flight.

STS-76 Space Shuttle Atlantis

March 22, 1996

STS-76  Space Shuttle Atlantis

Developed plans and procedures for ASVS ground processing DTO.  Supported real time operations and data collection during flight.

STS-74 Space Shuttle Atlantis

November 12, 1995

STS-74  Space Shuttle Atlantis

Mission Design, procedures development and crew training for ASVS on orbit DTO.  Supported orbiter integration and test.  Real time support to ASVS operations.  Developed plans and procedures for ASVS ground processing DTO.  Supported real time operations and data collection during flight.

STS-71 Space Shuttle Atlantis

June 25, 1995

STS-71 Space Shuttle Atlantis

Developed plans and procedures for ASVS ground processing DTO.  Supported real time data collection during flight.

STS-69 Space Shuttle Endeavour

June 7, 1995

STS-69 Space Shuttle Endeavour

Developed plans and procedures for ASVS ground processing DTO. Supported real time operations and data collection during flight.

STS-52 Space Shuttle Columbia

October 22, 1992

STS-52 Space Shuttle Columbia

Developed procedures and trained crew for SVS. Provided real time support to SVS operations.

Header image credit - ESA