NASA Spinoff Database: 3D Lasers Increase Efficiency, Safety of Moving Machines

NASA Center: Johnson Space Center
Public Release Year: 2015
Reference Number: JSC-SO-276
Category: Public Safety
Origin: Better vision in space, improved safety inspections

Canadian company Neptec Design Group Ltd. developed its Laser Camera System, used by shuttles to render 3D maps of their hulls for assessing potential damage. Using NASA funding, the firm incorporated LiDAR technology and created the TriDAR 3D sensor. Its commercial arm, Neptec Technologies Corp., has sold the technology to Orbital Sciences, which uses it to guide its Cygnus spacecraft during rendezvous and dock operations at the International Space Station.

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Page Number in Published book: 72
Manufacturer: Neptec Technologies

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