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Neptec Design Group
  • 202-302 Legget Dr.
  • Kanata, ON
  • K2K1Y5

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Industries Classification:
334511  Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing
Quality Certifications:
ISO 9001
Total Sales ($CDN):
$10,000,000 to $24,999,999
Updated on:
2017-06-15,  Industry Canada
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Neptec Design Group

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Neptec is an award winning spaceflight engineering company. Neptec specializes in the development, production, integration, operation and support of intelligent spaceflight sensors and equipment. We are proud of our history of solving tough challenges and mission-critical problems for customers who do not view failure as an option. The definition of success that matters most to Neptec is our customer's mission success. Neptec was founded in 1990 and first became a U.S National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) prime contractor in 1995. Neptec has designed, delivered and supported mission critical operational systems that have assisted in the construction of the International Space Station and which helped inspect the Space Shuttle to ensure safe returns from orbit. Neptec has also developed, qualified, integrated and supported flights of developmental test systems on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. In the course of this work, Neptec personnel have supported over 40 Shuttle missions and have logged over 30,000 hours of mission support for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. Neptec personnel have won wide recognition for their performance, innovation and dedication to quality. Neptec achieved the highest possible contractor performance rating from NASA three years in a row; and in 2011, was recognized with the George M. Low Award, NASA's premier award for quality and performance. This marked the first time a non-American company has won since the award was established in 1985. Neptec is located in Ottawa, Ontario. The company has broad expertise in advanced sensors, 3D algorithms, software development, systems engineering, systems integration, project management, and manufacturing. Major customers include NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, the Canadian Department of National Defence, DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency), the Naval Research Laboratory and many leading space companies. Neptec is privately held and operates as Neptec Design Group Ltd., which develops innovative technologies and systems for the Space market, and as Neptec Technologies Corp., an affiliated company, that focuses on the migration of Neptec's technology to terrestrial markets.


  • Automated Rendezvous and Docking Sensors Neptec's TriDAR combines the best features of the space qualified, near field LCS (based on triangulation) with a long-range Time-of-Flight (or LiDAR) system. TriDAR operates at distances ranging from 0.5 metres to over 2000 metres without sacrificing speed or precision at either end of the range.

  • Rover Systems Integrator Neptec is developing a lunar rover to be used in multiple configurations – giving it a unique, mission-flexible design.

  • Laser Communications & Situational Awareness The Combined Laser Communication and Situational Awareness System (CSAS) is a single system providing both high-speed communication and relative positioning between spacecraft flying in formation.

  • Hawkeye Laser Rangefinder Hawkeye is a LiDAR-based range finder qualified for use in Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO). It has been specifically designed to provide Satellite Situational Awareness for formation flying applications.

  • SPACE-IR Camera High-performance 640 by 480 infrared (IR) camera for use in Space environments.

  • ExoMars Navigation Camera ExoMars is a European Space Agency (ESA) Programme in international cooperation with multiple space agencies that will explore the surface and sub-surface of Mars.

  • REACT Processor Card Your laptop brought to space Neptec’s REACT high-performance processor card is targeted for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) applications. It is fully space qualified with flight heritage on multiple missions.

  • Hawkeye Processor Card A high-performance processor card designed to support a wide range of satellite payload computational demands.

  • International Space Station Assembly Neptec’s Space Vision System (SVS) is used to provide real-time, precise visual and numerical alignment and positioning cues to the Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) crews when installing new modules during the assembly of the space station.

  • On-Orbit Spacecraft Inspection Neptec’s Laser Camera System (LCS) is used to make high-precision 3D measurements of areas of interest on the outer surfaces of the spacecraft at stand-off ranges of one to three metres.

  • Destin Lunar Drill DESTIN: Drilling Exploration & Sample Technology Integrated. Designed for use on the lunar surface.

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