[CMC] Greetings

peter.allan at stfc.ac.uk peter.allan at stfc.ac.uk
Tue Jun 27 18:19:21 UTC 2017

Hi folks,

I was talking with Chris Perry yesterday and he mentioned that you were asking after me at the recent CMC meeting.

This is what I have been up to since I moved away from the CCSDS family.

You will recall that in July 2015, I was asked to become the acting director of the Hartree Centre, STFC's supercomputing department for industrial applications. This was going to take all of my time so I had to give up my involvement in space programmes at the time.

Later in 2015, I decided that I would retire in late summer 2016 and so I did not apply for the permanent post of the director of the Hartree Centre. My decision was based on the fact that there were so many things that I wanted to do outside work that the only way I could find time to do them was to retire. After my time as the acting director of the Hartree Centre, I moved back to space activities at RAL between May and September 2016 and I retired in the middle of September 2016.

I now do spend more time playing golf, I have taken up croquet, I am doing more electronics, amateur radio, and computing projects, and my wife and I seem to take some sort of a holiday most months. I am also catching up with some projects around the house that were "on hold" for far too long. I am still going to RAL one day per week (typically) since I have a position as an Honorary Scientist with STFC. This lets me "use the facilities" and I am working on a couple of astronomical research projects.

I have fond memories of all the work that we did together and what we achieved. I was even wearing my CCSDS tee-shirt last week.

All things considered, life is very good.


Peter Allan

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