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April 01, 2015 5:51 PM ET

Aerospace and Defense

Company Overview of Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Company Overview

Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation develops and manufactures unmanned systems and aerospace vehicles for military and commercial customers in the United States. The company’s products include piloted aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems, and small unmanned aircraft systems. It also specializes in the design, build-to-print, and rapid prototyping of aircraft structures; fabrication of composite aerostructures and subassemblies, such as sonobuoy launchers, air stair doors, and weapons pylons; and design and manufacture of precision composites (non-metallic and metallic), sheet metal components, and subassemblies, including global hawk/triton aft fuselages, V-tails and nacelles, main rotor pylon...

9950 Wakeman Drive

Manassas, VA 20110

United States

Founded in 1989





Key Executives for Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
President and Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of UAS
Chief Innovation Officer and Director
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation Key Developments

DARPA Awards Phase 1 ALIAS Contract to Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation announced that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded it a $6.0 million contract for Phase 1 of the Aircrew Labor In-cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. The objective of the ALIAS program is to develop and insert new automation into existing aircraft in order to enable operation with reduced onboard crew. The ALIAS program envisions a portable and extensible hardware and software kit that would enable the introduction of new levels of automation across a wide variety of military and civilian aircraft. Aurora, working with the National Robotics Engineering Center (Pittsburgh, PA) and the Duke Engineering Research Institute (Durham, NC), seeks to develop an automated assistant capable of operating an aircraft from takeoff to landing, automatically executing the necessary flight and mission activities, checklists and procedures at the correct phases of flight while detecting and responding to contingencies. At the same time, the human pilot would be continuously informed through an intuitive interface of which actions the automation is executing, and take back control if so desired.

Aurora Flight Sciences Wins Contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Aurora Flight Sciences announced that it has been awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the accelerated development of its SideArm launch and recovery system. Demonstration of the SideArm technology was a key part of Aurora's work on the Tactically Enhanced Reconnaissance Node (Tern) program. Aurora's Phase 1 Tern results indicated that SideArm could fulfill needs for aircraft launch and recovery as part of Tern’s goal of developing technology that would enable small ships to serve as mobile launch and recovery sites for medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (UAS). DARPA has awarded a contract for the continued development of this technology. The Aurora SideArm program includes integration and testing of SideArm technology, which would enable rapid transition to military utilization.

Aurora Flight Sciences Corp. Wins $10.46 Million Federal Contract

Aurora Flight Sciences Corp. was awarded a $10,457,663 federal contract modification by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia, for personnel, equipment, materials, tools, facilities and program management and technical effort to design, develop, integrate, test, and deliver the contractual requirements of the program for building two X-Plane aircraft.

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