First non-U.S. company to be recognized
OTTAWA, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - Neptec Design Group, a leader in space, defence
and industrial systems and applications, today received the George M.
Low Award, NASA's premier honour for quality and performance. This
recognition marks the first time a non-U.S. company receives this
Neptec received the award in the small business product category for the
development of machine vision products that operate in hostile space
environments in support of the Space Shuttle Program at NASA's Johnson
Space Center in Houston. The company is one of this year's four
recipients of the Low award, which recognizes businesses that share a
commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety,
and customer service.
"I want to congratulate Neptec on their outstanding performance over the
past few years and also congratulations on winning the George M. Low
Award - Congratulations," said John Shannon, Space Shuttle Program
Manager. "Neptec has been a great partner with NASA and the Space
Shuttle Program. We count on Neptec and their Engineers to help us
bring home the vehicle safely each flight."
Neptec, a NASA prime contractor since 1995, has delivered
space-certified flight machine vision systems on three different NASA
programs and has supported over 40 Space Shuttle missions with more
than 30,000 hours logged in Mission Control. While the company has
achieved multiple awards in this capacity, as well as the highest
possible annual contractor performance rating three years in a row,
Neptec president Iain Christie was humbled after receiving NASA's
"We are honoured to receive the George M. Low Award from NASA," said
Christie. "It is a recognition not only of the value of our technology
and talent and creativity of our people, but also a recognition of
their unwavering commitment to quality, to their attention to detail
and to their commitment to working in partnership with our customers to
solve really tough problems when it really counts."
The award was established in 1985 as NASA's Excellence Award for Quality
and Productivity before being renamed in 1990 in memory of George M.
Low, NASA's deputy administrator from 1969 to 1976 and a leader in the
early development of space programs. The Low award has been used by
NASA to promote excellence and continual improvement by challenging its
contractor community to be a global benchmark of quality management
practices. The 2010 Low awards were presented on February 10, 2011 at
NASA's eighth annual Project Management Challenge in Long Beach, CA.
"Neptec is a prime example of a Canadian space success story," said Dr.
Steve MacLean, President of the Canadian Space Agency. "The Canadian
Space Agency is very proud to see Neptec being recognized as a driving
force of innovation, both in Canada and internationally. This
recognition is even more important to Canada as Neptec is the first
non-U.S. company to receive this prestigious award from NASA. It truly
shows the value Canada offers to the international space program."
About Neptec Design Group
Specializing in advanced space, defence and industrial systems and
applications, Neptec maintains a reputation of quality and reliability
in the design, manufacturing, installation and support of its sensor
systems with the Space Shuttle, International Space Station and other
major space programs. With new solutions for aerospace, defence and
industry, Neptec, a CSA/NASA prime contractor, continues to be a
pioneer in the innovative use of mission critical systems and
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Neptec Design Group
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