KANATA, Ont.—The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded three contracts worth almost $1.8 million to Neptec Design Group Ltd. of Kanata, Ont.
Neptec will develop a miniature three-dimensional camera that could enable rovers to navigate autonomously on the Moon and Mars, or on Earth. This technology would allow rovers to collect more scientific data, thereby maximizing the scientific returns of their missions.
Neptec will also partner with Thales Alenia Space Switzerland, the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), and McMaster University to develop an optical communications system. This innovative system will use light to securely transfer information between Earth and satellites.
Lastly, Neptec will develop a new automated cell culture system to help us study the impacts of microgravity on the human body.
This funding is awarded through the CSA’s Space Technology Development Program, which supports innovation to enhance the capabilities and competitiveness of Canada’s space sector.
The Canadian space sector is highly innovative in 2015 generated $5.3 billion in revenues and invested $256 million in R&D to enhance the sector’s key capabilities and develop cutting-edge technologies.