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ScySis, the Chippenham-headquartered software and IT company, has been awarded a €3.7m (£3.2m) contract for work on a project searching for life on Mars.
The company has signed a contract with Thales Alenia Space Italia for activities relevant to the design, coding and verification of the Rover Mission Management Software Instruments Layer (MMS-IL) for the ExoMars RSP (Rover and Surface Platform) 2020 Mission.
As part of the mission, a trace gas orbiter was launched into Mars’ orbit on 19 October 2016 and a European rover is scheduled to be launched to land on Mars by 2021.
It aims to find and collect samples of well-preserved organic material related to the very early history of Mars.
Klaus Heidrich, chief executive of ScySis, said: “I am very pleased that ScySis has been able to extend its contribution to European Space Agency’s Exomars programme. Our space division has been active in this area for years, and ExoMars is another example where as a company we benefit from our long-term commitment.
“It again underpins the very positive momentum that we see building across the ScySis business, as well as the continued and valued support of the ExoMars programme by the UK government.
ScySis provides software and IT services to the media, broadcast, space, government, defence and commercial sectors.