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Serco awarded contract to provide expert support to the European Space Agency

By SpaceRef Editor
August 1, 2017
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Serco has successfully rebid a competitive framework contract to provide a range of specialist scientific and engineering expertise to the European Space Agency (ESA) across nine countries.
The new contract started on 1 July 2017 and has a three year base period, with the option of two one-year extensions. Based on current workloads under the framework, if the extension options are exercised the contract will have a total estimated value to Serco of €66m over five years.
Under the contract, Serco will provide a range of highly skilled experts to the ESA covering specialisms across sixteen fields including engineering, electromagnetics, optics, space science, robotics, navigation, large-scale data analysis, product assurance, business management, software development and IT.
The experts will support the operations of eight ESA Directorates including Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration; Space Transportation; Navigation, and Earth Observation.
Key ESA projects the experts will support include the development of Galileo, Europe’s own global navigation system, the Mars Express Mars orbiter mission, and BepiColombo, Europe’s first mission to Mercury.
Serco has provided scientific and engineering expertise to the ESA for over four decades, primarily at ESA sites in Noordwijk, The Netherlands and Madrid, Spain. The framework contract allows for Serco to provide specialist expertise at these sites as well as sites in France, French Guiana, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Michael Alner, Managing Director, Serco Europe, said:
“We are proud to have been selected as the European Space Agency’s trusted partner in providing vital specialist expertise across such a wide range of locations. We have supported the ESA for many years and this award is testament to the skills and commitment our experts have demonstrated, as well as our ability to meet complex requirements across multiple countries.”
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About Serco
Serco is a leading provider of public services. Our customers are governments or others operating in the public sector. We gain scale, expertise and diversification by operating internationally across five sectors and four geographies: Defence, Justice & Immigration, Transport, Health and Citizen Services, delivered in UK & Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. More information can be found at
About Serco in the space sector
Serco has over 40 years’ experience in the space sector and is today among the leading space industry manufacturing and services companies. Our key capabilities in the space sector include earth observation, telecommunications, science, spacecraft management and IT.
We have over 1500 people working within our space business across Europe, North America and the Middle East. Our space sector clients include the European, German, French and Italian Space Agencies, EUMETSAT, and the UK Government.

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