RAL Space Director, Professor Chris Mutlow announces retirement
02 Mar 2022



After 36 years championing the missions, projects and ambitions of RAL Space and 7 years at the helm as Director, Professor Chris Mutlow will retire later this year.


​​​Professor Chris Mutlow​

Credit: STFC RAL Space

​Chris joined RAL Space as a project scientist 36 years ago working on the Along Track Scanning Radiometers, the precursor instruments to the Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometers for the ESA Sentinel 3 missions, which RAL Space are currently involved with. These early radiometers have helped to provide us with continuous measurements of sea and land temperatures and feed into today's climate models.

In 2015 Chris took over the Directorship of RAL Space and under his leadership the department has undergone a fantastic period of growth and advancement; including the development and commissioning of the laboratory and test facilities within the R100 Space Test Facility, the construction of the National Satellite Test Facility, and of course the delivery of many space technology programmes and instruments into a large number of international space missions; including the recent work to support the James Webb Space Telescope.

Recruitment for the new Director is underway and Chris looks forward to supporting his successor and handing over stewardship to the successful candidate.