The UK Space Agency and Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) signed an implementation arrangement in April 2017 setting out their partnership on the MicroCarb satellite mission. The science objective of the MicroCarb mission is to monitor and characterize CO2 surface fluxes, that is, the exchanges between sources (natural or anthropogenic) and sinks (atmosphere, ocean, land and vegetation). The instrument will be flown on a microsatellite built around CNES's Myriade spacecraft. Under the implementation arrangement with CNES, the UK Space Agency shall contract for and support the realization of the Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) activities applied to the platform and to the satellite, with a technical delegation given to CNES. The UK Space Agency shall also finance UK industrial contributions to the development of the instrument calibration unit, Ground Support Equipment (GSE) necessary for the integration or the calibration of the instrument, subsystems of the platform, development of parts of the Payload Ground Segment (PLGS), and subsystems of the instrument. The UK Space Agency is seeking technical support from an organisation with the relevant expertise and experience to ensure these activities are delivered to the agreed specification, on time and within budget, with maximum value for money and economic return achieved for UK plc. The successful bidder for this contract will manage the technical elements of the portfolio of agreed UK activity for the MicroCarb mission, monitoring and evaluating milestones and ensuring delivery of work to budget and within timescales.
Contract value: 40000-108000
Published: 1 Jun 2017, Receipt by: 20 Jun 2017
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