Space Science+ Aerospace

Photek develop space and aerospace qualified detectors and imagers working with Global System Aerospace and Defence Integrators to solve their specific detection and imaging needs.

We have also developed imaging detectors for a number of space missions including:

ICON     Ionospheric Connection Explorer

Key Applications


  • Ultraviolet Astronomy
    Including: UV Spectroscopy, UV Imaging
  • Remote Sensing
    Including: Atmospheric LIDAR, UV Spectroscopy, UV Imaging, Electron/Ion Detection.
  • Planetary Exploration
    Including: LIDAR, LIBS, Raman Spectroscopy.
  • Threat Warning/Detection
    Including: Missile Warning Systems, Missile Approach Warning Systems.
  • CBRNE Threat Detection
    Including: UV Raman Spectroscopy, Neutron Detection and Imaging, Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy.
  • Long Range Surveillance
    Including: LiDAR, UV Raman.



Photek has a long history of successful design, fabrication and delivery of photon imaging detectors for space missions. These rugged detectors enable the imaging of very faint objects and processes sometimes only detectable from space based platforms.

The components are essentially the same as a standard build, but we always try to use space pedigree if possible. Photek qualifies the complete system through environmental testing. Because of the space environment, it is important that we do the thermal, vacuum, and vibration testing for each detector. Detectors will sit in a thermal chamber for about 30 days going from minus 20 to positive 50 degrees Celsius, up and down every other day. We do these extra steps to make sure that the flight detector model is guaranteed for the space environment.

Photek is constantly expanding its space capabilities, and has recently added radiation-tolerant high voltage power supplies and readout electronics, extreme ultraviolet imaging detectors and earth and planetary science LiDAR detectors to our growing list or space capabilities. if you would like to find out more please contact us and one of our experts will be in touch to discuss your project.

Contact us to discuss your application and requirements in more detail

Contact Us

26 Castleham Road
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex, TN38 9NS
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1424 850 555