Locations

Maps

Where we fly

Joining Instructions

If you wish to join us at one of our flight tests please contact us at least a week in advance. This is so that we can ensure your safety on the airfield and provide you with further details and instructions.

Please note the following if you are joining us on a flight test:

Therefore, we advise you to check our calendar the evening before your visit for confirmation the flight is going ahead.

If you are joining us on a flight test please click on the appropriate link below for a some more detailed instructions and information:

Thorney Island Joining Instructions PDF

Draycot Joining Instructions PDF

Location Details

Below are some details and links on the locations shown on the map above.

UAV Lab

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

The Boldrewood Innovation Campus is one of the University of Southampton's newly redeveloped sites and is home to our labs and offices. All our research and development takes place here.

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Draycot

Draycot Flight Centre

Draycot is one of our main flying sites and is also used heavily for student project testing. Here, there are excellent facilities for carrying out flight tests and teaching about UAVs.

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Thorney Island

Thorney Island

Recently we have acquired permission to fly from Thorney Island aerodrome, and testing here is becoming more frequent. The location of this site offers access to land, sea and air which is extremely useful for some of our research areas.

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Antartica

Antarctica

We have carried out flight tests in Antarctica during Project Albatross which saw Sulsa being launched of HMS Protector, a Royal Navy icebreaker. The deployment to Antarctica was for roughly 5 weeks.

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Fawley Power Station

Fawley Power Station

As part of the UK Robotics Week the Autonomous Systems Strategic Research Group and the University of Southampton produced a short film demonstrating the use of robotics for emergency response to a disaster scene. We flew Spotter around the power station for film footage which can be seen by clicking the "find out more" button below.

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Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach

In the run up to Project Albatross (where Sulsa was flown in Antarctica off a Royal Navy Icebreaker), a ship-launch test was carried out off the coast of Chesil beach using HMS Mersey.

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Ramsgate

Ramsgate

2Seas-20 flew at Ramsgate as a demonstration of the Berisuas Project where over 40 automated take-offs and landings where completed. Ramsgate was selected as the location due to the partnership with Kent Police through the project.

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Farnborough International Airshow

Farnborough International Airshow 2016

Spotter UAS flew flight displays at Farnborough International Airshow 2016 (FIA16). Spotter clocked up five flights during the week - four during the business days and one during the weekend infront of the public.

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