BAE Systems to develop new space capability with Dstl
BAE Systems has been selected to deliver Lot 2 of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) SERAPIS framework agreement, which focuses on the development of defence and security technologies for use in the space domain.
The SERAPIS framework agreement has been created to give Dstl access to the most diverse expertise and talent available across the industrial supplier base for six priority areas of which space is one core component. BAE Systems has a proven background in working with small and medium sized companies, non-traditional defence suppliers, and academia and will use this expertise to deliver world-class science and technology to support the defence and security of the UK. 
BAE Systems has partnered with five organisations to progress half of the work in Lot 2 over the next six years. The Company will also draw on support from the Satellite Applications Catapult and the Space, Research and Innovation Technology network (SPRINT), a unique partnership of top UK space universities, government agencies and the investment community set up to supporting UK SMEs through the commercial exploitation of space data and technologies, to increase engagement with the rapidly growing UK supply base. 
Under the SERAPIS framework, BAE Systems’ Applied Intelligence business will run the framework office ensuring contracts will be awarded predominately to the UK SME based community. Work packages will cover all aspects of defence and security space systems, including:
  • Underpinning enabling services such as space-specific analysis 
  • Fundamental and applied space research for areas such as the space environment 
  • Design and manufacture of space equipment and sub-systems
  • Space launch and range 
  • Through-life operation of satellites (including ground station)
  • Terrestrial-based space systems used for the surveillance of space 
  • The application of space systems for defence and security exploitation
John Young, Account Director – Space at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, said: “We have over 25 years’ experience developing technologies for use in space, from secure telecommunications command and control processors to space certified electronics, antennas and information assurance solutions. As part of the SERAPIS framework we will be working with UK SMEs to grow the sovereign space capability in the UK. 
“We provide our customers with information advantage and freedom of use by delivering world class capability, whilst being platform neutral. SERAPIS Lot 2 enables us to do just this and through collaboration and partnership with our prime partners, we can help grow the science and technology ecosystem which are key aspects of the framework.”
Elizabeth Short, Group Leader, CIS Commercial, Dstl said: “The placement of the SERAPIS framework agreement contract is a huge step forward for defence contracting, particularly for Dstl. The ethos of this framework agreement delivers the core of changing acquisition to become more fluid, agile and accessible. Dstl and industry have worked diligently as strong, capable and two-way teams to enable this innovative, collaborative and high profile framework agreement. I am very proud of this achievement as it will deliver many innovative commercial techniques, which will have a great positive impact on building better UK Capability as a whole. Dstl looks forward to working with our industry Lot Leads, including BAE Systems, to ensure consistency of supply; not only of ground breaking science and technology but of true development of commercial skills.”
BAE Systems currently provides Tracking, Telemetry and Command Processor (TTCP) units to the European Space Agency. These units support many missions including the ExoMars spacecraft, which are searching for signs of current or previous life on Mars and they will also be used for upcoming missions such as JUICE, the exploration of Jupiter’s icy moons.
Notes to editors
The core objective of the SERAPIS framework is to develop new and battle-winning capabilities within C4ISR (command, control, computers, communication, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance), space systems, synthetic environment and simulation technologies, and to see them brought through to operational use in a timely and efficient manner. This will be achieved via six capability areas; or ‘Lots’:
  • Lot 1: Roke Manor Research Ltd will cover the development and integration of new and emerging ISTAR ‘Collect’ technology and techniques into the wider defence and cross-government ISTAR enterprise. 
  • Lot 2: BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Ltd will cover all aspects of defence and security space systems from underpinning enabling services such as space-specific analysis; fundamental and applied space research for areas such as the space environment; design and manufacture of space equipment and sub-systems; space launch & range; through-life operation of satellites (including ground station), or terrestrial-based space systems like those used for the surveillance of space; through to the application of space systems for defence and security exploitation/benefit.
  • Lot 3: QinetiQ Ltd will cover the development, testing, and evaluation of novel Command and Control (C2) concepts and systems.
  • Lot 4: QinetiQ Ltd will cover the development of C4ISR communications and networks and will aim to exploit and drive emerging concepts and technology in military and civilian communications infrastructure. 
  • Lot 5: NSC will cover the development of synthetic environments, modelling and simulation, and associated tools. 
  • Lot 6: Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd covers the development of data analytics and information processing tools and techniques in support of defence’s decision-making processes and techniques (covered in Lot 3).
About BAE Systems Applied Intelligence 
At BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, we help nations, governments and businesses around the world defend themselves against cybercrime, reduce their risk in the connected world, comply with regulation, and transform their operations.
In the space sector, we provide space communications and tracking systems designed to support spacecraft and satellites operating both near the Earth and in deep space to the European Space Agency. TTCP receives and converts faint radio signals from spacecraft into data that mission controllers use to monitor and control the spacecraft that may be millions kilometers away.
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Nick Haigh, BAE Systems
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Philippa Mason, BAE Systems
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