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UK space strategy boosted by new role for Keith Mason

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Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said: “I am delighted that Professor Mason has agreed to take up this important work …

Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said:

“I am delighted that Professor Mason has agreed to take up this important work with the UK Space Agency. His expertise will help ensure we realise the full commercial potential of our space sector to drive growth.”

Professor Mason said:

“I am passionate about the scientific and commercial opportunities that space offers, and am excited by the Minister’s invitation to make an important contribution to delivering key aspects of the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy.”

UK Space Agency Chief Executive David Williams said:

“Keith’s knowledge of the space sector will be a big asset for the Agency over the next few months. This is an important time for the UK space community and the Government’s continued support means that we have the right tools to pursue new opportunities.”

Professor Mason will take up post on 1 November. The secondment is for the period to 31 March 2012.

**Notes to editors
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1. Professor Mason is a member of the Space Leadership Council,
established the International Space Innovation Centre at Harwell, and
has been an expert on space science issues for many years.

  1. With the agreement of the Science Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Professor Mason is stepping down as CEO of STFC with effect from 1 November to take up the secondment to the UK Space Agency. He will remain available to ensure a smooth transition to his successor, Professor John Womersley.

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