Tender to Supply Spacecraft Platform and Software

Tender to Supply Spacecraft Platform and Software

Proposals are sought by UKRI for the core deliverables of the requirement: proto-flight model; electrical ground support equipment; mission control software.

United Kingdom-Swindon: Satellite platforms

2020/S 165-401562

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: UK Research and Innovation
Postal address: Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Town: Swindon
NUTS code: UKK14 Swindon
Postal code: SN2 1FL
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: majorprojects@uksbs.co.uk

Internet address(es):Main address: https://www.ukri.org/

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://uksbs.delta-esourcing.com/respond/3AQ28YUSCY
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://uksbs.delta-esourcing.com/respond/3AQ28YUSCY
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

Other activity: Science Research and Innovation

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


UK SBS PR19106 SPEQTRE Spacecraft Platform and Software


Reference number: UK SBS PR19106

II.1.2)Main CPV code

32534000 Satellite platforms

II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:


The project called ‘Speqtre’ formerly known as ‘QKD QubeSat’ is a collaboration between the Singapore and UK (BEIS) governments, and could lead to a more secure online activity for consumers in everything from financial transactions to online conversations. The project scope is to build and fly a satellite quantum key distribution (QKD) test bed. Through this collaboration, Singapore and the UK will co-develop a satellite called ‘Speqtre’, a satellite based on the CubeSat standard that will use a pioneering QKD technology to test the secure distribution of cryptographic keys over globe-spanning distances.

The project was kicked off around Feb 2019 and is currently around PDR stage. The satellite is expected to be launched around Q3/Q4 2023. In the UK, work will be led by UKRI, responsible for the development of the platform (BUS) and the optical payload for optical links needed for beaming QKD signals, known as the ‘Optical Payload’.


II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 1 400 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKJ14 Oxfordshire

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:


Proposals are sought by UKRI for the core deliverables of the requirement;

— proto-flight model;

— electrical ground support equipment;

— mission control software;

— mechanical ground support equipment;

— agreed flat sat.

The upper value of GBP 1 million excluding VAT for the core requirement, is the maximum budget available. Therefore, bids that exceed this value will not be accepted by the contracting authority. options that may be purchased via the contract are mentioned below in Section II.2.11).

An NDA will be required to be signed by bidders in order to received all tender documentation in order to bid on the requirement.

About UK Shared Business Services.

UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS) brings a commercial attitude to the public sector; helping our contracting authorities to improve efficiency, generate savings and modernise. Where UK SBS is not named as the contracting authority within the documentation, UK SBS will be acting as an agent on behalf of the contracting authority. Our broad range of expert services is shared by our customers. This allows our customers the freedom to focus resources on core activities; innovating and transforming their own organisations. For full details of our partner base please review the following link: http://www.uksbs.co.uk/services/procure/contracts/Pages/default.aspx

UK SBS will be using the Delta eSourcing Portal for this procurement. To register on the Delta eSourcing portal please use the link https://uksbs.deltaesourcing.com and follow the instructions to register. If you are already registered on the Delta eSourcing Portal and wish to participate in this procurement, please use the link: https://uksbs.delta-esourcing.com and the follow the instructions to ‘Login’. Once you are logged into the system you will be able to link yourself into this procurement using the Access Code stated in this notice. As a user of the Delta eSourcing Portal you will have access to the Delta messaging service which facilitates all messages sent to you and from you in relation to any specific tender event. Please note it is your responsibility to access these messages on a regular basis to ensure you have sight of all relevant information applicable to this opportunity. The contracting authority expressly reserves the right:

(i) not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and

(ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the procurement; and in no circumstances will the contracting authority be liable for any costs incurred by any supplier. If the contracting authority decides to enter into a contract with the successful supplier, this does not mean that there is any guarantee of subsequent contracts being awarded.

Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of bidders.


II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Quality / Weighting: 75
Price – Weighting: 25

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 1 400 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:


The Optional purchases, that may be taken up by UKRI within 12 months of contract commencement are:

— EO Camera,

— Lens Cover,

— Flat Sat – EPS,

— Flat Sat – Radio,

— Flat Sat — ADCS.

The options are estimated to be up to a value of GBP 400 000 excluding VAT.


II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2019/S 186-451835

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 02/10/2020
Local time: 14:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:


IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 02/10/2020
Local time: 14:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic invoicing will be accepted
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: UK Shared Business Services Ltd
Postal address: Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Town: Swindon
Postal code: SN2 1FF
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: policy@uksbs.co.uk
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

Official name: UK Shared Business Services Ltd
Postal address: Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Town: Swindon
Postal code: SN2 1FF
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: policy@uksbs.co.ukInternet address: www.uksbs.co.uk

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: