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UKspace Selects SSTL CEO Matt Perkins as Vice-Chair

[Satellite TODAY 04-08-13] Matt Perkins, CEO of Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL), has been elected Vice-Chair of the U.K. Industry Association for Space (UKspace), the trade association of the UK space industry.

He will take the place of Stuart Martin, who has been appointed CEO of the newly formed Satellite Applications Catapult in January.

UKspace aims to grow the UK space industry, promote awareness in government, media and the public, and act as a forum for discussion about industry challenges. It played an important role in the expansion of the Harwell Space Cluster, the establishment of a Satellite Applications Catapult Centre, and the increasing the UK’s commitment to European Space Agency (ESA) activities.

“This is a pivotal time for the UK space industry, with Government recognizing and supporting our high tech manufacturing and service industries to achieve economic growth and skills development. I believe the UK now has a strong foundation to make a big impact in the global space market and I am delighted that I have been appointed to lead this change during the next two years,” Matt Perkins said in a statement.