29th November – The 33rd Sir Henry Tizard Lecture

ACCEL – Breaking the World Speed Record for an Electric Aircraft
By Phill O’Dell and Andy Roberts (Rolls-Royce)

Tuesday 29th November 2022 – 18:00 GMT
Officers’ Mess, MOD Boscombe Down

Image: Rolls-Royce plc (Credit: John M Dibbs)

The RAeS Boscombe Down Branch invites you to attend our annual Named Lecture which, after a four-year absence, will once again be held at the Officers’ Mess, MOD Boscombe Down.

This year’s lecture is themed around events that took place just over 12 months prior at Boscombe Down. In November 2021, Rolls-Royce broke two world speed records for an electric aircraft with their ACCEL (“Accelerating the Electrification of Flight”) project, achieving a speed of 345.4 mph over 3 km and 330 mph over 15 km. According to Rolls-Royce data, the aircraft also broke the fastest time to climb to 3000 m by 60 seconds and achieved a maximum speed of 387.4 mph, making it the fastest all-electric vehicle in the world.

Two people at the heart of this achievement were Phill O’Dell (Rolls-Royce Director of Flight Operations) and Andy Roberts (Rolls-Royce Head of Flight Test Engineering). In this presentation, Andy will discuss the technical side of the ACCEL project and Phill will talk about flying the aircraft and the team-working aspects of the programme.

Officers’ Mess, MOD Boscombe Down,


How to attend

If you would like to attend this lecture, please contact BoscombeDown@aerosociety.com and provide the following information:
– Your title/rank
– Your full name
– Your nationality

Visitors Welcome – you do not need to be a member of the Branch, nor a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, to attend.

Please Note – due the location of our in-person events, any international visitors will need to obtain IVCO clearance in order to attend. This cannot be arranged by the Branch or MOD Boscombe Down and can take 21 days to process.

Are you pursuing CEng, IEng or EngTech status? Attendance at our lectures will help you meet your CPD requirements! 

If you have any comments or questions, please contact BoscombeDown@aerosociety.com

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