Neptec Design Group has won a contract with the Canadian Space Agency to develop the Lunar Exploration Light Rover (LELR), a new generation of space-exploration technology. The Neptec Rover Team's (NRT) contract is worth $11.5 million CAD. The program, which will run until December 30, 2012 and culminate in extensive field testing in lunar analogue test sites, is expected to enhance Canada’s expertise and leadership in space robotics and lunar surface mobility. Led by Neptec, the NRT team is made up of Ontario Drive and Gear Ltd., COM DEV Canada, McGill University, Northern Centre for Advanced Technology Inc., and NGC Aerospace. Together, NRT will bring several innovations to the LELR prototype, including the use of a novel eight-wheeled, skid-steer locomotion system, which is expected to ensure the safe navigation of the moon’s rugged, steep slopes.