RAL Space Director Chris Mutlow appointed Honorary Professor by the University of Leicester
29 Nov 2018



STFC RAL Space Director, Dr Chris Mutlow, has been appointed as an Honorary Professor by the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Leicester Institute of Space & Earth Observation.


​​​​Professor Chris Mutlow, Director of RAL Space

Credit: STFC RAL Space

Chris is a highly distinguished space scientist and has played a leading role in the Earth observation programme at RAL Space. The department has had a long-standing collaborative relationship with the University of Leicester. 

Prof Chris Mutlow said, “I am deeply honoured to receive this award and to be recognised in this way. I am looking forward to building on our already strong relationship with the University of Leicester and to strengthening the links with the Space Park Leicester. This award is underpinned by the tremendous work undertaken by everyone in RAL Space of whom I am immensely proud." 

In his capacity as Director of RAL Space, Chris is responsible for the significant infrastructure developments currently taking place at their facility on the Harwell campus in Oxfordshire. This includes leading a new suite of satellite assembly and test facilities and the current development of the UK's new £99 million National Satellite Test Facility (NSTF). The NSTF has been funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to expand the existing facilities and enhance the UK's national space support infrastructure. 

Chris has been a supporter of the Space Park Leicester (SPL) and the Leicester Institute of Space and Earth Observation (LISEO), during their early development. As Honorary Professor, Chris will provide his advice and support for the further development of the Space Park and the delivery of its programmes. 

Professor Martin Barstow is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Strategic Science Projects and Director of LISEO at the University of Leicester and said: “Chris has already been a great help in promoting our Space Park ambitions and I am looking forward to working more closely with him. This is a great opportunity for us to join together to develop new space research programmes and place the UK as a leader in the growing space economy."