With ambitions to put an autonomous rover in space, Kanata-based Neptec has been awarded multiple contracts valued at nearly $1.8 million by the Canadian Space Agency.
A federal government release says the contracts will fund the development of a miniature three-dimensional camera that could enable a rover to “navigate autonomously on the moon and Mars, or on Earth.”
Additionally, Neptec will develop a new system to study the effects of microgravity on the human body and work with various international partners including McMaster University to create a new light-based communication system between Earth and its satellites.
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Funding for the projects will come from the CSA’s Space Technology Development Fund.
Last year, Neptec received a $12 million contract to deliver a new set of eyes to the International Space Station.