Following the recent launch of the Galileo Service Operator (GSOp) procurement procedure, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) invited members of the European GNSS Industry to Prague to learn more about the procurement. Over 100 participants from across all sectors of the space industry participated in the February 3rd Galileo Service Operation Industry Day.
The Industry Day introduced Phase I of the GSOp procurement, including its scope, process, conditions and schedule. In addition to providing participants with a comprehensive overview of the competition and a chance to ask questions, the event also served as an excellent networking opportunity.
“We are very encouraged by the strong showing at the event,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “This is a testament to the importance the European aerospace sector places not only on this tender, but on ensuring the future of the Galileo programme.”
The contract, which is the first important step for the GSA in its recently delegated role of overseeing the exploitation of the Galileo programme, will be the largest ever awarded for Galileo. With a value of approximately EUR 1 billion, the contract will shape the future of Galileo services for the next eight to ten years.
“As we launch this procurement process, the GSA’s primary objective is to guarantee full transparency and fair competition in compliance with the EU’s procurement rules,” adds des Dorides.
The deadline for requesting access to procurement documents is 20 February 2015. The deadline for submitting Request to Participate is 27 February 2015. The awarding of the contract is expected in the second half of 2016.
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“This (turnout) is a testament to the importance the European aerospace sector places not only on this tender, but on ensuring the future of the Galileo programme.”
Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director
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