Paul Eccleston - Chief Engineer
17 Jun 2022



Paul has been Chief Engineer for RAL Space since 2016. He is also the manager for the Ariel Mission Consortium, a group of more than 60 institutes across 19 countries in Europe and North America.

Fisheye view of cloud over Chilbolton Observatory

Paul Eccleston​

Credit: STFC RAL Space

​Paul has played a leading role in a number of science instruments including as engineering manager for the Spectral Investigation of the Coronal Environment instrument for Solar Orbiter from 2012 until 2015. Paul worked in a variety of roles on the Mid-InfraRed Instrument for the Webb Telescope including as thermal and cryogenics lead and as assembly, integration and verification manager. In this role Paul coordinated the work of the consortium of 40+ institutes in 11 countries to build, test and calibrate the instrument.

Prior to joining RAL Space, Paul worked in the aerospace industry as a systems engineer on civil and military aircraft electronics systems for Smiths Aerospace. He has a Master's degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Southampton where he has also been a regular guest lecturer.​