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SciSys shoots for stars with European Space Agency deal

Specialist software and IT group SciSys is shooting for the stars, after landing a EUR1.2 million contract with the European Space Agency to work the next generation of planetary rovers and robots.

The Chippenham-based company will deliver the Harwell Robotics and Autonomy Facility Pilot Project 1 over the next 12 months.

The HRAF facility will support the development, testing and validation of autonomous systems technologies, which is essential for future space missions involving planetary rovers and robots, said the company.

Dr. Horst Wulf, divisional director Space of SCISYS said: “The discussions and preparation for HRAF started in 2012 and it is great to see SCISYS’ reputation in autonomous systems being recognised by priming this consortium.

“The co-operation with Airbus Defence & Space, Thales Alenia Space Italy, Thales Alenia Space UK, Joanneum Research and the Virtual Engineering Centre in Daresbury brings together the experts in this domain and continues the productive cooperation the companies established over the last years.”

Klaus Heidrich, CEO of SCISYS added: “The area of autonomous systems and robotics is currently receiving a lot of investment and with HRAF we are delighted to be at the forefront of this area.

“In addition to our core space business it also has the potential to create exciting opportunities in non-space domains.”

Shares in the company rocketed 3.69 percent following the news on Tuesday.