Dr Rob Scott is a physicist who has been involved in space since 1980. He worked in academia for UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory, involved initially in image processing and X-ray astronomy. He then moved to the remote sensing group, working on the Along Track Scanning Radiometer for ERS-1, and on a string of radar altimeter missions including ERS 1 & 2, and Envisat.

Rob left UCL in 1997 and joined the Guildford-based consultancy ESYS, where he developed advice-side skills and learnt the commercial aspects of the space industry. He continued his work in Radar Altimetry by project managing UCL's CryoSat software team and also contributed code to the Level 2 processing chains for the mission.

On joining the space team at QinetiQ in 2005, he became the European Space Agency Account Manager, developing extensive contacts in ESA as well as industry, academia, Innovate UK and the Satellite Applications Catapult, and the UK Space Agency (UKSA).

For 5 years, until leaving QinetiQ in mid 2012, Rob was the Technology Programme Director for UKSA’s Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation, and has held the Chair of the UKspace Space Science and Exploration Committee.

Since forming ScottSpace Limited he has worked under contract to RAL Space and UKSA among others. He will continue to support RAL's role in the new incarnation of CEOI.

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Image credit: Rob Scott