launch of the Allouette Satellite in 1962 marked the beginning of RAL
Space's involvement with the space industry. Fifty years on and RAL
Space is still a world leader in space science, innovative technology
and applications development.
To mark this momentous 50th
anniversary a conference dedicated to the last 50 years of RAL Space,
reuniting colleagues old and new was held at RAL on the 21st June.
Space Director Professor Richard Holdaway MBE said; “It is extremely
important for us to mark this important anniversary and to celebrate the
fantastic work that RAL Space has been involved with over the last 50
It is also an opportunity for colleagues old and new to
come together, to share stories and anecdotes from days gone by and to
also look to the future and to see how far we have come during the last
Sir John Houghton former Appleton Laboratory
Director gave a presentation detailing the early days of the Appleton
Laboratory, prior to transition from Slough to RAL. This was followed
by presentations on a number of historical space science projects such
as IRAS and ISAMS, and the more current such as the Earth Observation
programme, bringing the conference up to the present day.
Photographs taken during the conference can be seen on our image gallery.
Professor Peter Willmore - The Ariel programme
Sarah James - Ionosondes
Professor Sir John Houghton - The early days of Appleton Lab's transition from Slough to RAL (no presentation slides)
Professor Richard Holdaway - IRAS (the first space project at RAL)
Professor Fred Taylor - ISAMS, HIRDLS & ATSR
Professor Richard Harrison - Solar Physics
Dr Peter Allan - Overview of other recent Space Science Programmes
Dr Chris Mutlow - Overview of other recent Earth Observation Programmes
Professor Richard Holdaway - Current and future programmes
50th Anniversary Conference Delegates
For more information please contact: RAL Space Enquiries