Welcome to Sophrodyne Aerospace.

Sophrodyne Aerospace is a research and design consultancy led by Dr Richard E Brown.

Dr Brown is an experienced Aerospace Engineer, with a 30-year track record in modelling and understanding aircraft and helicopter aerodynamics, aerospace education, and air vehicle analysis and design.

During his career he has assisted many companies and organisations around the world in developing new aerodynamic tools, applying existing methodologies with confidence, and suggesting and implementing new and innovative solutions to aerodynamic design problems.

He has a deep knowledge of fundamental aerodynamic theory, and specialises in putting this knowledge to practical use in innovative and effective ways.

In December 2023, Dr Brown was awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society's prestigious Bronze Medal in recognition of 'his contributions over several decades to our understanding of rotorcraft aerodynamics.'

Dr Brown's Credentials :



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Some of the Companies we have assisted :

Kind words and References :
"Prof Brown guided me through my academic career with a rigour and zeal that laid the foundations of my engineering career. His encyclopaedic knowledge on all things aeronautical (and beyond - far beyond!) is unparalleled and truly inspiring! He remains a great mentor that I strive to emulate."
Dr Hyo Won Kim
Former PhD student,
Presently Senior Aerodynamicist, McLaren Formula 1
"Dr Richard Brown is one of the world’s most accomplished and recognized aerodynamicists. His work has included significant contributions across the flight spectrum, including everything from hovering rotorcraft to hypersonic vehicles traveling many times the speed of sound."
Dr Mark Lewis
Former Chief Scientist, United States Air Force
Executive Director, Emerging Technologies Institute
"Dr Brown's many papers over the past years are the most realistic and cover the broadest variety of rotor phenomena of any that we have seen. These make it clear to us that he has an unusual grasp of both computational methods and the unique physics of rotorcraft aerodynamics."
Dr F Caradonna and Dr C Tung
US Army AFRDC, Moffett Field CA
"Should a suitable opportunity arise in the future, I would be very happy to work with Sophrodyne again."
Neil May
Head of Human Factors, National Air Traffic Services (NATS)
"Dr Richard Brown was our company consultant when I began my engineering career as an aircraft dynamics modeller. I could not have asked for a more friendly, capable, polite and knowledgable consultant to learn from and guide me. A gifted aerodynamicist and true pleasure to work with."
Gui Bertholdi
Control Engineer at Prodrive
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