The UK government has launched a framework to allow small companies and academics to work with defence and aerospace projects around space technology.

The Serapis framework is managed by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (Dstl) and runs until July 2025. It covers includes sensors, satellites and ground stations, AI and simulation and modelling.

Roke Manor in Hampshire, UK, a subsidiary of Chemring since 2010, is the prime contract for the ‘collect’ part of the framework that includes sensors and data analysis. This will cover broad range of conventional and novel sensing technology (including gravity and biometric sensing) as well as the development and integration of new ‘Collect’ technology and techniques used in Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR).  

“Serapis provides a brilliant new way of working for Dstl that facilitates the delivery of innovative science and technology solutions for our customers and we’re looking forward to working with Roke on the framework,” said Paul Kealey, CIS Division Head of Dstl. “Our aims for Serapis include commercial agility, transparency and collaboration. By working together, we’ll be able to grow our supply chain, particularly with small and medium-sized enterprises, to draw on the most diverse talent available and develop battle winning capabilities.”

The Space systems element is managed by BAE Systems Applied Intelligence and includes fundamental and applied space research, the design and manufacture of space equipment and subsystems and space launches a well as the operation of satellites including ground stations.

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QinetiQ is handling the development, testing, and evaluation of new command and control (C2) systems to improve decision making, including the human and autonomous (machine) system elements and the development of novel agile, adaptive and resilient C2 concepts for operation in constrained, degraded, or denied environments

It is also looking at communications and networks, including exploiting and driving emerging concepts and technology in military and civilian communications infrastructure.

Qinetic subsidiary NSC is managing the development of simulation. modelling and synthetic environments.

The Dstl Framework Commercial Team can be contacted at

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