2017 Annual Banquet

11 May 2017

InterContinental London Park Lane

Networking Event

The Royal Aeronautical Society Annual Banquet is a key social and networking event attracting over 500 guests drawn from all sectors of the aerospace community.

Individual tickets and corporate tables are available at this event with discounted rates for RAeS Members and Corporate Partners.

Guest of Honour

Sir Martin Sweeting OBE FRS FREng FIET HonFRAeS
Group Executive Chairman, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL)

To download a copy of Sir Martin Sweeting's speech, please click here.


7.15pm Reception
8.00pm Dinner

Dress code

Dinner jacket and decorations

Booking options and prices

Individual tickets:
RAeS Members (& first guest): £170 + VAT = £204 per person
RAeS Corporate Partners: £210 + VAT = £252 per person
Non Members: £250 + VAT = £300 per person

Corporate tables (to seat 10 guests):
Corporate Partners: £2,100 + VAT = £2,520 per table
Non Members: £2,500 + VAT = £3,000 per table

What's included?

A pre-dinner reception followed by a four-course dinner with fine wines and coffee.

Private Receptions at No.4 Hamilton Place

Book a private pre-dinner drinks reception at No.4 Hamilton Place, historic home to the Royal Aeronautical Society.  Located adjacent to The InterContinental London Park Lane, No.4 Hamilton Place offers a choice of elegant rooms for your exclusive reception. Package details are available on request.

How to book

This event is closed for online booking.  If you wish to reserve tickets, please apply to Gail Ward for details of availability:

Gail Ward
Events Manager - Corporate & Society
T: +44 (0)1491 629912
E: gail.ward@aerosociety.com

Once you have established if there tickets available, please click on the link at the bottom of this page to download a booking form.

Speaker Details

Sir Martin Sweeting OBE FRS FREng FIET HonFRAeS

Sir Martin was born in London in 1951, educated at Aldenham and has a BSc in electronics and a PhD in radio engineering from the University of Surrey.  Whilst studying for his PhD and combining an interest in radio communications with a fascination for space, he proposed to build a 'microsatellite' with a small research team at the University that was successfully launched in 1981.  He went on to pioneer rapid-response, low-cost and highly-capable small satellites utilising modern consumer electronics to 'change the economics of space' and has established the UK at the forefront of this new field.

In 1985 Sir Martin founded a spin-off university company (SSTL) with four employees that has since grown to 550 staff and has built and launched 50 small satellites into orbit - including the 22 navigation payloads for the European Galileo satellite constellation.  SSTL has annual revenues exceeding £100M and achieved exports of over £0.5Bn to 24 countries, particularly enabling emerging space nations to achieve their first space missions and thus to access space directly to benefit their environment and economies.

Sir Martin also chairs the Surrey Space Centre comprising around 100 researchers investigating advanced small satellite concepts and techniques and which acts as the research laboratory for SSTL - an exemplar of real academic-commercial synergy.  

Sir Martin has been appointed OBE and knighted by HM The Queen, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and received the prestigious von Karman Wings Award for CalTech/JPL. In 2014, he received the Chinese Academy of Sciences/COSPAR Jeoujang Jaw Award recognising his contribution to international space development and in 2016 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and identified by The Sunday Times as one the UK's 20 most influential engineers, confirmed again in Debrett's 2017 list of the 500 most influential people in the UK.


InterContinental London Park Lane

One Hamilton Place

Hotel Accommodation

We recommend the InterContinental London Park Lane or the Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel, which is a 5 minute walk from the event venue.

To reserve a room at the InterContinental London Park Lane, tel: +44 (0)207 318 8779 or email: londonreservations@ihg.com. Rates may vary and are dependent upon availability.

The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel offers preferential 'Executive Club' rates to Royal Aeronautical Society guests, starting at £264 + VAT for a double room. To make a reservation, tel: +44 (0)20 7958 7729 or email: bookch@rchmail.com, ensuring that you quote 'Royal Aeronautical Society' as a reference.

Alternatively, please click here for details of other hotels close to the venue.


Gail Ward, Events Manager - Corporate & Society
T: +44 (0)1491 629 912
E: gail.ward@aerosociety.com