Welcome to the RAeS Space Group

The Space Group is the specialist group within The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) charged with promoting the interests of the Society and its members in astronautics and its component scientific and engineering disciplines. These interests cover the design and manufacture of spacecraft and launch vehicles, plus the application of space techniques in such varied fields as communications, navigation, planetary exploration, astronomy and remote sensing.

The Space Group holds a number of conferences and lectures each year on exciting topics such as Space Tourism, Spy Satellites and Robotic Exploration of other Planets. These events are usually held at the Society's headquarters in central London, although evening lectures are also occasionally held at the regional branches of the Society around the UK and abroad. Major space conferences are sometimes sponsored jointly with other major learned institutions. Events held by the Space Group at the Society's headquarters are usually open to non-members of the Society; and evening lectures are usually free. These occasions provide a relaxed atmosphere in which participants will find an opportunity for professional networking and career development. The Space Group extends a particular welcome to students and younger members embarking on an aerospace career.

You are encouraged to use this web site to participate in the creation of the Society's programme of events so please do contact us if you wish to suggest topics or speakers for future Events.

Newsflash: In recognition of notable or outstanding achievements in, or contributions to, all space activities, the Sir Arthur Clarke Awards have been presented annually since 2005. For further details, and to make your nomination, please click here

In This Section

  • Events

    Details on forthcoming RAeS Space Conferences, Lectures & Seminars

  • Committee

    Meet the people who drive the RAeS Space Group’s activities

  • Activities

  • Space in 2014

    The launch of the most powerful rocket in more than 30 years, the Falcon Heavy, and the beginning of operational space tourism by Virgin Galactic will be the highlights of an exciting year in space. Read what else to expect.

  • Links

    Links and resources related to Space activities

  • Contact Us

    Want to get in touch or join the RAeS Space Mailing List?

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NEWS AND EVENTS

  • 22 Jul
    Conference

    Advanced Aero Concepts, Design and Operations

    The 2014 Royal Aeronautical Society Biennial Applied Aerodynamics Research Conference will provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of aspects of the advanced aero concepts, design and operations, covering both the research and the applications.

  • 22 Jul
    Named Lecture

    Lanchester Named Lecture: Taranis and Beyond - Inspiring Aerodynamic Capability

    The Lanchester Lecture was set up to honour Frederick William Lanchester, HonFRAeS, Britain’s first great aerodynamicist. He is best known for designing and building the first British petrol driven four wheeled motor car (in 1895) and for his work on the theory of fl ight and design of aircraft. Lanchester’s work on stability was fundamental to aviation and he formulated the first comprehensive theory of lift and drag.

  • 2 Sep
    Conference

    European Rotorcraft Forum 2014

    The European Rotorcraft Forum (ERF) is one of the premier events in the rotorcraft community’s calendar, bringing together manufacturers, research centres, academia, operators and regulatory agencies to discuss advances in research, development, design, manufacturing, testing and operation of rotorcraft.

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