NDG technology to be used in ESA's 2018 mission to Mars
OTTAWA, March 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Neptec Design Group (NDG), a Canadian
leader in engineering products for space exploration, today announced
that it has signed a contract with Astrium UK Limited for the design
and build of navigation cameras for the ExoMars Rover.
The ExoMars Programme has the goals of understanding the Martian
environments and establishing whether life had or could now exist on
Mars. The Programme comprises two Missions: an Orbiter in 2016; and a
Rover Mission in 2018.
Contracts with European organizations represent an increasing portion of
Neptec's Space Exploration business as the company expands beyond its
core business with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
"We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting journey in exploring the
planet Mars," said Mike Kearns, Neptec President of Space Exploration.
"The vision cameras that we are developing will be the eyes of the
rover as it explores the surface of Mars."
The main challenge in the development of these cameras will be to design
them to withstand the extreme environmental conditions that will be
experienced on the surface of Mars.
"This ExoMars programme is an example of what can be accomplished when
governments and industry work together in the space sector," said
Neptec's CEO Iain Christie. "The contract for these navigation cameras
has involved the co-operation of the Canadian Space Agency, and the
European Space Agency."
The ExoMars Programme is a European Space Agency Robotic Exploration
Mission under the prime contractorship of Thales Alenia Space Italia,
with Astrium UK Limited leading the Rover Vehicle developments. (http://exploration.esa.int).
Specializing in advanced space systems, Neptec maintains a reputation of
quality and reliability in the design, manufacturing, installation and
support of its sensor systems, cameras and rovers in major
international space programs.
Neptec is currently preparing for the following space exploration
Exploring the origins of the universe on the Japanese Astro H satellite
Guiding the Orbital Cygnus vehicle to the ISS in 2013
Providing the vision system for the Exomars Rover on Mars in 2018
Designing rovers for a mission to the moon that is tentatively planned
Neptec has been awarded the George M. Low prize, NASA's premier honor
for quality and performance, marking the first time a non-U.S. company
received the award.
SOURCE: Neptec Design Group
For further information:
High Road Communications on behalf of Neptec:
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