About Aurora

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Aurora Flight Sciences is a leader in the development and manufacturing of advanced unmanned systems and aerospace vehicles. Aurora is headquartered in Manassas, VA and operates production plants in Bridgeport, WV and Columbus, MS; and a Research and Development Center in Cambridge, MA.

We are committed to research, testing, and verification in a hands-on environment staffed by exceptional people. It is understood that risk must be accepted.

Our core values include:

  • The integrity of data presented is essential
  • A sense of urgency and a bias towards action must be maintained
  • The focus should be on fixing problems rather than blame
  • The merit of ideas is more important than their originator's position in the company
  • Personal accountability must be instilled throughout the organization
  • Leadership is best done by example

2012 Employee Exceptional Service Award

The secret to Aurora continues to be its people. Each quarter, we present an Exceptional Service Award that recognizes employees for their accomplishments and dedication to the company. Winners in 2012 include:

  • Joanne Vining, Senior Technician, for insightful design approaches involving electronics fabrication and integration.

  • Thom Wardell, Program Manager, for his work and leadership on the Global Hawk and BAMS programs.

  • Patti Woodside, Director of Public Relations, for excelling in public relations and educational outreach.

  • Our manufacturing team of Bill Daub, Fred Hammond, Robbie Mcle and Jay Powell, for cost savings efforts on the CH-53K program.

In addition, Jeremy Hollman was selected by the National Academy of Engineering to participate in the US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium; David Kordonowy was named as one of the top 40 American aerospace engineers under the age of 40 by Aviation Week and Space Technology; and Kai Harth was recognized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for “visionary development of fault tolerant flight control systems for unmanned air vehicles” as the recipient of the Engineer of the Year Award in the AIAA’s national capital region.

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