U.S. Space Force Taps Serco for Space Fence Operations, Maintenance; CEO Dave Dacquino Quoted

U.S. Space Force Taps Serco for Space Fence Operations, Maintenance; CEO Dave Dacquino Quoted
Dave Dacquino CEO Serco

Serco Inc. has secured a potential five-year $33 million Space Fence Operations and Maintenance contract from the U.S. Space Force’s Space Operations Command (SpOC). The contract has a five-month base period with five one-year options.

Under the new contract, Serco will provide management, operation, maintenance and logistical support for SpOC’s Space Fence surveillance system, the company said Tuesday.

Two-time Wash100 Award winner Dave Dacquino, Serco’s CEO, said the company will leverage its established history and expertise in space operations to perform the contracted work.

“From Serco’s RAF Fylingdales work in the U.K starting in 1963 through our GEODSS win here in the U.S. last year, Serco brings an impressive depth and breadth of experience and knowledge to space operations,” Dacquino noted.

Serco's aforementioned U.S. contract win in April 2020 allowed the company to operate and maintain the Space Force’s Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance system. 

The new contract continues Serco’s work with the Space Force to advance the nation’s space intelligence capabilities and improve Space Domain Awareness.

The Space Fence is a second-generation ground-based S-band radar space surveillance system designed to establish U.S. space superiority through tracking and cataloging orbital objects. The mission is the U.S. Department of Defense’s first to be operated from a net-centric location.

Additionally, Serco’s contracted work will include operations, cybersecurity, training and knowledge management for the Space Fence S-band radar and its supporting systems.

Serco will perform work in Huntsville, Alabama and Kwajalein Atoll, the Marshall Islands with support from the company’s Colorado Springs facility. 

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