UK space sector pioneers recognised in King’s 2024 Birthday Honours

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Four pioneers have been recognised for their contributions to the UK’s thriving space sector in this year’s King’s Birthday Honours.

Washington Yotto Ochieng CBE – Professor Ochieng of Imperial College London is head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chair Professor in Positioning and Navigation Systems.

Professor Ochieng has worked on projects including European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), Galileo, global navigation satellite system (GNSS) and the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) joint undertaking.

Professor Ochieng has also been a Scientific Advisor to the UK government, and has been an expert witness at the Parliamentary Select Committee on UK space strategy.

Ian Jones OBE – Ian is CEO of Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd, which provides space communication services via space and offers communication services distant distant spacecraft on missions to Mars, the Moon or Deep Space.

A passionate promoter of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) education, Ian designed the award-winning space themed education outreach centre at Keighley College.

Simon Dunn MBE – For over 20 years Simon has contributed tirelessly to the UK’s Armed Forces Military Satellite communications.

Simon is responsible for the support, maintenance and repair all Beyond-Line-Of-Sight (BLOS) satellite communications services.

Hazel Collett BEM – For more than 18 years in her role as meetings secretary with the British Astronomical Association, Hazel has inspired many budding astronomers.

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