Aurora's Research Programs

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The mission of Aurora’s Research business sector and its Research and Development Center (RDC) is to perform basic and applied research supporting Aurora’s core business and product development efforts in the areas of unmanned aircraft systems, small space systems, and other flight vehicles. The RDC supports Aurora’s other business sectors, as well as serving the needs of external clients as diverse as NASA, the DoD, and major government contractors.

Another key aspect of the RDC’s mission is to further research cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other universities. Aurora’s synergistic relationship with MIT gives access to the innovative ideas coming from MIT faculty and students, and joins that with Aurora’s proven ability to bring technologies from the lab into actual systems that can address customer needs. Aurora’s Research sector is maturing technologies across a wide range of disciplines. We focus on areas such as propulsion, guidance and control, fault-tolerant avionics systems, as well as cutting-edge new vehicle designs. The Research sector is also developing innovative subsystems and components to integrate into these technology markets. In October 2007, Aurora acquired Payload Systems Inc. (PSI), a company providing science and engineering services for spaceflight and terrestrial applications since 1984. PSI’s programs and capabilities were merged with those of Aurora’s Research sector, further expanding and complementing the group’s portfolio of technologies and expertise.

  • Javier de Luis, Vice President of Research Programs
  • Javier de Luis
  • Vice President of Research Programs
  • 90 Broadway Suite 11
  • Cambridge, MA 02142
  • Tel: 617.500.4800
  • Fax: 617.500.4810