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Welcome to the 2020 -2021 Lectures Programme

COVID-19: In line with the UK Government's advice on social distancing the Solent Branch Committee has taken the decision to only hold virtual lectures until further notice.

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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.


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


A Vertical Empire History of the British Rocketry Programme

Nicholas Hill

Tuesday 13th April 2021

19:00 (Online from 18:45)

Click here from 18:45 to join the Virtual Online Event

The evening's lecture will begin on completion of the AGM at approximately 19:15.  


Nicholas Hill, author of A Vertical Empire, will provide a description of the British rocketry and space programme from the 1950s to 1970s, detailing the Medium Range Ballistic Missile Blue Streak and its conversion to a satellite launcher as part of the European Launcher Development Organisation (ELDO). 










Following Chris Brady's excellent lecture "A short history of the 737 MAX and 'Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System' (MCAS), from development to fix" on 4th February the Branch has had many requests for access to the lecture.  The Branch are pleased to say Chris has put the lecture on YouTube.





2021 - 2022 Lecture Programme

Transforming Test and Evaluation Training

Simon Tate – Director Operations, Air and Space
Paul Shakespeare - Head of Flight Operations & Chief Test Pilot














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Updated 26th March 2021