The Astronautics group is part of the Aeronautics, Astronautics and Computational Engineering Unit. For information on our undergraduate and postgraduate course please see the Education section. 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.
Particular areas of expertise include:
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), and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
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
Faculty Administrative officers (job-share): Jayne Angland and Richard Allan
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2936
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:
|Staff Member||Primary Position|
|Roberto Armellin||Lecturer in Astronautics|
|Camilla Colombo||Lecturer in Spacecraft Engineering|
|Richard Crowther||Visiting Professor|
|Angelo N Grubisic||Lecturer in Astronautics and Advanced Propulsion|
|R Holdaway||Visiting Professor|
|Hugh G Lewis||Senior Lecturer|
|Clemens Rumpf||Marie Curie Senior Research Assistant|
|Charlie Ryan||Lecturer in Astronautics|
|Graham G Swinerd||University Visitor|
|Adrian R L Tatnall||Visiting Fellow|
|Hodei Urrutxua||New Frontiers Fellow|
|Sandor M Veres||Visiting Professor|
|Scott J I Walker||Associate Professor|
|ReVuS - Reducing the Vulnerability of Space Systems||Active|
|Deployable and Multifunctional Structures for Space Applications||Dormant|
|Aeostat Power Generation||Active|
|Remote sensing of turbulence||Dormant|
|Satellite Microwave Calibration||Active|
|Cubesat on-board processing||Dormant|