Neptec UK Ltd. (NUK) is an experienced spaceflight engineering company. Incorporated in 2013 and opened in Harwell, Oxfordshire in October 2014, Neptec UK is a wholly owned subsidiary of Neptec Design Group of Ottawa, Canada. The inspiration to open a space company in the UK evolved from a meeting with UK Trade and Investment at the Paris Air Show in 2011. Neptec UK provides support to our European based customers as well as specializing in the UK development of space qualified metrology instruments, IR cameras and other intelligent sensors.
Neptec Design Group Ltd. was founded in 1990 and has developed into one of Canada’s leading companies involved in the design and development of space qualified hardware and software for space exploration. Neptec has been a U.S National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) prime contractor since 1995. The companies first major contract was with NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for their Space Vision System which was used to assist astronauts in the building of the International Space Station. The second major contract with NASA involved the development of the Laser Camera System which was a key technology that allowed the space shuttles to fly again after the Columbia accident. Neptec’s third major flight program was with NASA and the CSA for the flight testing of their automated rendezvous and docking system which is called TriDAR. The company has also been involved in a number of space exploration missions – eg. Exomars (ESA), Astro-H (JAXA, CSA), Proba 3 (ESA), Cygnus (Orbital/NASA), Luna Lander (ESA).
Globally, Neptec’s mission is to maintain our position as a world-class supplier to the international space community by providing superior customer service, innovation, quality and commitment.
Neptec UK’s mission is to become a recognized UK leader in space qualified lasers and IR sensors. We also plan to focus on spinning out our space technology into the commercial space and terrestrial markets. We will achieve these goals by focusing on critical mass and competence through initial programs and through National and International R&D Programs.
We will endeavor to develop strategic partnerships and supplier relations in the UK space supply chain and to address both commercial, institutional missions, and dual-use opportunities.