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NGC Aerospace to Fly to the Moon with Firefly Aerospace

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SHERBROOKE, Quebec, Canada, [November 30, 2021] — NGC Aerospace and Firefly Aerospace are joining forces to land on the Moon in 2023. Firefly Aerospace will operate NGC’s crater-based navigation system on its first lunar landing mission.

As part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative, Firefly’s Blue Ghost lander will deliver 10 science and technology payloads to the Moon and operate them on the lunar surface. To land safely on the Moon, Firefly will verify their vision navigation system against NGC’s state-of-the-art image processing crater-based navigation system software.

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NGC Aerospace celebrates 20 years of success

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NGC in 2017

SHERBROOKE, Québec, Canada [April 30, 2021] — Celebrating 20 years of success and innovation since its foundation on April 30, 2001, Sherbrooke-based NGC Aerospace has acquired a solid reputation in over 20 countries for developing intelligent software enabling the autonomous control of terrestrial satellites, pilotless aerial vehicles and Moon exploration probes. Founded by Jean de Lafontaine, CEO, as the sole employee, the company grew to 8 employees by 2004, all graduates from the Université de Sherbrooke, and now counts 18 highly-qualified professionals from Canada and abroad, focussing on its bright and project-filled future.

NGC’s longevity is […]

NGC et CS Canada joignent leurs forces pour certifier un système d’autopilotage

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Logos NGC, CC Aéro, StartAéro

NGC Aérospatiale et CS Canada joignent leurs forces pour certifier un système d’autopilotage pour drones
SHERBROOKE, Québec, Canada, [21 janvier 2021] — Dans le cadre du programme StartAéro 360° d’Aéro Montréal, NGC Aérospatiale bénéficie de l’expertise de CS Canada dans la certification de logiciels embarqués critiques pour la sécurité afin de proposer à ses clients un système d’autopilotage pour drone certifiable d’après la norme internationalement reconnue dans l’aéronautique, la DO-178C.

NGC Aérospatiale développe actuellement un logiciel d […]

[PRESS RELEASE] NGC to demonstrate its navigation system around the Moon by 2024

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Crater Detection

SHERBROOKE, Québec, Canada, [October 30, 2020] — NGC Aerospace will demonstrate the capability and performance of its Crated-Based Navigation system onboard an actual Moon exploration mission by 2024 thanks to financial support from the Canadian Space Agency.
Compensating for the lack of a GPS constellation around the Moon, NGC’s system uses features on the surface of the planetary body – Moon craters – as references to autonomously determine the position of an Orbiter or a Lander in Moon geographical coordinates. This technology processes real-time camera images taken from Moon orbit and during the descent, extracts craters from the images […]

NGC Aerospace and UAE’s NSSTC to Jointly Develop Flight Software of an Earth-Observation Satellite

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SHERBROOKE, Québec, Canada, [2020-02-13] — Following the signature of a collaboration agreement between the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC), the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and NGC Aerospace, the joint development of the flight software for a HyperSpectral Earth-observation satellite has been initiated. This long-term collaboration will provide the NSSTC and the UAEU with the capability to develop the navigation, guidance and control system enabling the high autonomy and agility of satellites based on innovative technologies that NGC has developed over the last 18 years.

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PROBA-1 celebrates 15 years in-orbit

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Sherbrooke – October 27th 2016 – PROBA-1, the first in a series of mini-satellites launched in Earth orbit by the European Space Agency (ESA), celebrates today its fifteen year of operation without failure. Initially built for a two-year lifespan, the satellite still continues to provide images of the Earth allowing scientists to analyze climate change and global warming as well as monitoring natural and man-made disasters. PROBA-1 was the first European satellite to include two breakthrough technologies developed by NGC Aerospace. These two innovations allowed a reduction in the cost of satellite operation, by making it autonomous […]