Moments before operating a concept lunar rover at high-tech company Neptec yesterday, Minister of Research and Innovation Glen Murray announced new funding for Ottawa.

The Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation has been selected to join the Ontario Network of Excellence, which will receive a $2-million commitment.

“We don’t have national economies anymore,” said Murray.

Kanata-based Neptec developed a concept lunar rover vehicle — a larger version of the Mars rover.

“It’s a great integration and test platform,” said senior Neptec engineer Brad Jones, who added that manipulator arms, microscopes, and vision systems could be used on vehicles like this.

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