The 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.
RAL 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 years.
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 50 years”.
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.
Dr Paul Dickinson - The early years of the Radio and Space Research Station and Appleton Laboratory (PDF - 323kB - link opens in a new window)
Professor Peter Willmore - The Ariel programme (PDF - 1270kB - link opens in a new window)
Sarah James - Ionosondes (PDF - 4652kB - link opens in a new window)
Professor Sir John Houghton - The early days of Appleton Lab's transition from Slough to RAL (PDF - 2606kB - link opens in a new window) (no presentation slides)
Professor Richard Holdaway - IRAS (the first space project at RAL) (PDF - 1706kB - link opens in a new window)
Professor Fred Taylor - ISAMS, HIRDLS & ATSR (PDF - 4049kB - link opens in a new window)
Professor Richard Harrison - Solar Physics (PDF - 2605kB - link opens in a new window)
Dr Peter Allan - Overview of other recent Space Science Programmes (PDF - 7170kB - link opens in a new window)
Dr Chris Mutlow - Overview of other recent Earth Observation Programmes (PDF - 3679kB - link opens in a new window)
Professor Richard Holdaway - Current and future programmes (PDF - 5456kB - link opens in a new window)
Full Programme for this event (PDF - 526kB - link opens in a new window)
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