Research Group: Astronautics
The activities carried out by the Astronautics Group cover a wide spectrum of fundamental and applied research in the field of space physics and spacecraft engineering. Our members are active in both theoretical modelling and physical experimentation, and are supported by a wide range of computational and experimental facilities. This diversity is one of our main strengths.
Currently Active: Yes
Particular areas of expertise include:
- Space environment
- Remote sensing
- Spacecraft structures
- Space systems engineering
- Artificial intelligence, spacecraft autonomy and control
Our published research activities have made a substantial contribution to advancing the field; and hardware developed by members has successfully flown on various space missions, including on the International Space Station.
We collaborate with a wide range of companies, including EADS Astrium, Surrey Satellite Technologies Ltd, QinetiQ, Thales-Alenia, Satellite Services Ltd, and carry out research sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Union (EU), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and the , among others.
We have also been a leading centre for the training of professional engineers in the worldwide space sector and associated industries since 1974 (see our continual professional development courses).
Aeronautics, Astronautics and Computational Engineering
Engineering and the Environment
Building 13 (Tizard)
University of Southampton
Southampton SO17 1BJ
Senior Faculty Administrative officer: Jayne Angland
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7658
Selected publications associated with this group from the University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints):
Conference or Workshop Item
Members of staff associated with this group:
Dr Roberto Armellin
Dr Alan Richard Chambers
Visiting Professor Richard Crowther
Professor R Holdaway
Dr Hugh G Lewis
Dr Graham G Swinerd
Dr Adrian R L Tatnall
Professor Sandor M Veres
Dr Scott J I Walker
Research projects associated with this group:
As well as the general state-of-the-art facilities available to the whole faculty, the group has some specific high-spec equipment and lab-space: