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US Space Force Awards Serco $57M to Support Deep Space Surveillance System

By | April 6, 2020

The Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance site on Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory. Photo: U.S. Air Force Space Command

Serco Inc. has received a new, $57 million contract from the U.S. Space Force to manage, operate and maintain the Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) system. The contract has an eight-month base period and six one-year option years. 

The GEODDS system supports the U.S. Strategic Command and theater war fighters’ requirements through the detection and surveillance of deep space satellites using one-meter telescopes that are equipped with sensitive digital camera technology. The GEODSS system detects, tracks, identifies and reports on all deep-space man-made objects in the Earth’s orbit. 

Serco said its operators will be performing space observation, including operating the telescopes, maintaining and supporting the systems, and logging and reporting the findings in support of the Combined Space Operations Center (CSpOC), the National Space Defense Center (NSDC) and the 18th Space Control Squadron (SPCS); Serco operators will also be undertaking Space Object Identification tasks in support of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC). Serco plans to provide operation and maintenance, along with exercise and testing, and mission systems maintenance including repairs, logistics management, civil engineering, and support depot modifications. Work will be performed at all three GEODSS locations in Socorro, New Mexico; Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory; and Maui, Hawaii.

“This is an exciting new win for Serco in supporting the U.S. Space Force and their GEODSS systems as it goes through upgrades and expansions,” said Dave Dacquino, Serco’s chairman and CEO. “This win builds on Serco’s presence in the space domain, in particular our U.K. & Europe division with its contracts in earth observation support services and spacecraft and satellite management.”