Our Blog

Welcome to the Neptec Blog


Keep up to date with the latest news and information about Neptec and the space exploration industry.

Maxar moves to capture satellite-servicing business in U.K, Europe
19th July 2018  Article published by Space News – Link to original article  Maxar Technologies’ recently acquired Neptec robotic technology company was
Read more.
Maxar Technologies’ MDA Announces Acquisition of Neptec Design Group
Brampton, ON – MDA, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.), (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR), announced today it
Read more.
artists render of new vision system on international space station
Neptec Featured in Kanata Networker
Neptec Design Group was featured in the Summer 2018 edition of the Kanata Networker. Exploring several of our new contracts,
Read more.
TriDAR Supports Cargo Resupply Mission
Image credit NASA On Monday, May 21 2018 an Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with a Cygnus spacecraft on board launched
Read more.
Neptec Awarded 3 Contracts by Canadian Space Agency
Read more.
Neptec TriDAR Supports ISS Resupply Mission
  On Sunday, November 12 2017 Orbital ATK successfully launched its Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus spacecraft from NASA’s Wallops
Read more.
Low-Cost Clocks for Landing on the Moon
Neptec UK has been working with Eventech, a small company from Latvia. Eventech has designed an ultra-precise clock accurate to
Read more.
Canadian Space Agency Contract Award: Relative Navigation System
Neptec is proud to announce that we have been awarded a contract by the CSA to investigate sensor concepts for
Read more.
It’s here! Announcing the launch of our newly redesigned website
Neptec Design Group is pleased to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website, www.neptec.com. Featuring a brand new look,
Read more.
Press Release – Neptec to Provide a New Set of Eyes on the International Space Station
Neptec Design Group has been awarded an $11.9 million contract by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to develop a state-of-the-art
Read more.
Neptec Logo with earth as background
Students Play Important Part in Neptec Team
We regularly welcome University students to Neptec to gain work experience and complete their co-op placements at our Ottawa office.
Read more.
Neptec at the Paris Air Show
Monday, June 19th marked the beginning of the 52nd Paris Air Show, the largest aerospace event in the world. Mike
Read more.
Neptec Rover Team Hard at Work
Brad Jones and Jason Muise of Neptec’s Rover Team recently attended the NCFRN Field Trials at the Canadian Aviation and Space
Read more.
Harwell engineers prepare for moon launch
A UK space company based at Harwell Campus will be designing and creating a prototype of a landing sensor for
Read more.
Canada is Bringing Hollywood Technology to Life
McGill University and Neptec are working together to develop an operational concept called the Advanced Crew Medical System (ACMS). This
Read more.
In-Situ Resource Extraction
Mankind is beginning to explore beyond Low Earth Orbit (the International Space Station for example). Until now, we have always
Read more.
Officials target mid-October for first launch of upgraded Antares cargo rocket 
Orbital ATK readies upgraded Antares rocket to launch Cygnus resupply mission to the International Space Station. Neptec’s TriDAR automated rendezvous
Read more.
Proba-3 Mission
According to the ESA’s website, “Proba-3 is the world’s first precision formation flying mission. A pair of satellites will fly
Read more.
Canadian Women Have the Right Stuff
Most Canadians watched the 2016 Rio Olympics with swelling pride in the accomplishments of Canadian athletes. The number of medals
Read more.
ottawa parliament
Canadian Innovation – Share your ideas today!
The Government of Canada has launched an interactive website where you can share your ideas on how to position Canada as a global
Read more.
Kanata tech company part of contract to create ‘space-age Swiss Army knife’ for moon, Mars missions
By Bryson Masse, Ottawa Citizen | April 9, 2016 Kanata company Neptec Design Group will be working with a North
Read more.
Neptec to work with Deltion on new CSA Project
Neptec congratulates Deltion Innovations, Ltd. on being awarded a contract for PROMPT by the Canadian Space Agency. Neptec is pleased
Read more.
New Space Telescope with X-ray Vision is now in Orbit
Japanese X-ray telescope with Canadian technology renamed ‘Hitomi’ after successful launch. 
Read more.
Press Release- Astro-H Launch
OTTAWA, Ontario – February 17, 2016 - Neptec Design Group is proud to have made this significant contribution to the Canadian Space
Read more.
A sophisticated new vision system for the ISS’s robotic helper
Neptec landed a contract to develop a sophisticated new vision system for the ISS's robotic helper.
Read more.
Ottawa firm Neptec gets $1.7M contract to design International Space Station sensors
An Ottawa space flight engineering firm will be responsible for developing sensors to help monitor the condition of the aging
Read more.
Best Ottawa Business Awards – Companies of the Year
The Best Ottawa Business Awards were held Nov. 18 at the Shaw Centre. Today, OBJ profiles the Companies of the
Read more.
BOBS 2015 Best Business Recipient
Neptec is the 2015 receipt of the BOB (Best Ottawa Business) Best Business Award.
Read more.
Neptec Receives Best Business Award!
Neptec Design Group is pleased to announce that we received a 2015 Best Business award on behalf of our Neptec
Read more.
Neptec UK and Surrey Space Center Partnership
Neptec UK is pleased to announce that they have formed a partnership with Surrey Space Center of the UK..
Read more.
Neptec UK wins UK Space Agency Contract
Neptec UK is pleased to announce that we are the winners of a UK Space Agency contract for  “Space IR
Read more.
esa logo
European Space Agency Proba 3 Mission
Neptec UK’s first contract is with Sener/ESA for the design and build of the High Accuracy Metrology System (HAMS) for
Read more.
probsa 3 satellites
Proba-3 double-satellite nearer to space
ESA | 8 December 2014 A pair of satellites flying in close formation to cast an artificial eclipse is now
Read more.
Neptec Awarded Contract for Compact Active Sensor Technology (CAST)
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded Neptec Design Group Ltd. of Kanata,Ontario a contract valued at $344,852.57 for a
Read more.
Canadian spaceflight company sets up in Oxfordshire
A Canadian company which specialises in spaceflight engineering has chosen Harwell Innovation Centre in Oxfordshire as its European headquarters after
Read more.
Engineering Student Collaborates with Industry Partner in Cutting-Edge Space Technology.
By Sharday Mosurinjohn | October 2014 If you’re an engineer working in either the private or public sector, there are pressures
Read more.
Primary Care technology developed at St. Mary’s Research Center offers a solution to medical care for deep space exploration and
By St. Mary’s Hospital Center | August 13, 2014 Montreal, August 13, 2014 – Researchers at St. Mary’s Hospital (SMHC)
Read more.
Ottawa’s Neptec Design’s sensor guides cargo ship to space station
By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen | July 11, 2014 New technology from an Ottawa aerospace company guided an unmanned supply ship
Read more.
Cygnus spacecraft takes Ottawa firm Neptec’s TriDAR into space
By Emily Chung, CBC News | Jul 11, 2014 A private, unmanned spaceship heads to the International Space Station tomorrow,
Read more.
Government of Canada Awards Contract for Canada’s Contribution to Japan’s Next Generation Space Observatory
April 22, 2014 – Longueuil, Quebec       The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded a contract worth $1.35 million to Neptec Design
Read more.
Five companies winning the space race in Canada
Shane Dingman, Kristian Gravenor | Special to The Globe and Mail Published Tuesday, Feb. 25 2014, 12:01 AM EST 1.
Read more.
Drill developed by Canadian firm for moon would kick-start space mining industry
MONTREAL – A space drill developed by a firm based in Sudbury, Ont., could be boring for water on the
Read more.
Deltion Innovations Ltd. and Neptec Design Group Ltd. to collaborate on space flight systems (SFS) projects.
Sudbury/Kanata Ontario Canada | December 13, 2013 Deltion Innovations Ltd. and Neptec Design Group Ltd. today announced that they have
Read more.
NASA wants to drive Ottawa-designed rover on the moon
By Tom Spears, OTTAWA CITIZEN | November 18, 2013 OTTAWA — Neptec Design Group of Ottawa is the front-runner to
Read more.
Nine ways Canada can reach for the stars
By Tom Spears, OTTAWA CITIZEN | November 16, 2013 Industry and university experts say what they’d like to see in
Read more.
Canadian-built Artemis Jr. rover (left) and mock lander during a field demonstration in Hawaii.
Canada Drills for Role in International Moon, Mars Missions
 By David Pugliese | Sep. 30, 2013 VICTORIA, British Columbia — Canada’s space agency hopes to focus on contributing robotics and advanced drilling
Read more.
Press Release – Neptec Design Group Wins Contract to Develop Cameras for European Space Agency’s ExoMars Programme
Neptec Design Group (NDG), a Canadian leader in engineering products for space exploration, today announced that it has signed a
Read more.
Captain Kirk Chats Up Countryman on Station
Published on Feb 7, 2013 Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 34 Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space
Read more.
What’s Next for Neptec?
With a core business originally wrapped around the various sensor systems needed to provide real time alignment and positioning cues
Read more.
What is Canada’s future in space?
By Janet Davison, CBC News | Dec 17, 2012 When astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off in a tiny Soyuz capsule
Read more.
Space exploration is Canadians’ ‘birthright’
By FRANÇOIS SHALOM, The Gazette | December 7, 2012 Canada, the third nation to get to space, can and must
Read more.
Made-in-Ottawa moon rover gets U.S. coming out party
By Tom Spears, The Ottawa Citizen June 13, 2012 OTTAWA — Canada’s brand new made-in-Ottawa lunar rover was previewed for
Read more.
Successful Canadian Trade Mission to Russia sees Neptec meet with key industry players
OTTAWA, ON – June 8, 2012 – Neptec Design Group, a leader in spaceflight engineering, today announced the successful completion of
Read more.
Neptec Heads to Russia as Part of Canadian Trade Mission
Company joins DFAIT mission in support of aerospace industry
Read more.