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The RAeS Solent Branch holds lectures every month that anyone can attend at no charge. Both members and non-members are welcome. For more details on how to find where the lectures below are held, please see the lecture locations page.


Next Lecture:

Innovation vs Regulation: What Should Unmanned Aviation Learn From Manned?

Wednesday 25th April - 18:30 (doors at 18:00)

Physics Lecture Theatre A - University of Southampton

Presented by Geoff Pugh and Gareth Beverley, Consortiq

Lecture Poster

Manned aviation has a storied and bloody history in the name of progress, and yet unmanned aviation is being held to the much higher standards of the modern era. This is why public and regulatory acceptance are now critical. In this talk Geoff Pugh and Gareth Beverley of Consortiq will discuss what unmanned aviation can learn from the mistakes of manned aviation, and how to ensure innovation is not stifled to satisfy regulation.

Consortiq is an international company with its UK headquarters in the Solent area.  They are a company of expert drone professionals and market leaders in providing bespoke and innovative unmanned technology solutions for businesses.  Consortiq's services include training for drone operators, development of software for managing drone flight operations and maintenance and specialist consultancy.  Geoff Pugh is UK General Manager of Consortiq while Gareth Beverley is the company's Chief Technology Officer.

Image copyright Consortiq


Coming Up:


Branch AGM with lecture to follow:

German Jet Genius: The Third Reich Experimental Jet Programme 1930 to 1945

Wednesday 23rd May - 19:00 (doors at 18:00)

Solent Sky Museum - Southampton

Steve Alcock, Museum Manager, Solent Sky

As ever the Solent Branch is delighted to be able to hold our Annual General Meeting in the excellent Solent Sky Museum in Southampton.  Doors will open at 18:00 to allow attendees time to enjoy free access to the museum and some light refreshments prior to the short AGM at 19:00.

The evening's lecture will begin on completion of the AGM at approximately 19:15, and for our speaker we are honoured to have museum's manager, Mr Steve Alcock.   Steve will be discussing the always fascinating topic of jet engine development under Nazi Germany.  Germany took an early lead in jet development, gaining the first flight of a jet powered aircraft just before the start of the war and producing the world's first operational jet fighter in the Me-262.  Later secret projects and the engineers who created them formed the basis of Western and Soviet developments for years to come.



More lectures will be added to the programme throughout the season.  Please check back regularly or like our Facebook page for updates.