Centaur’s ability to operate in an augmented mode, being controlled remotely while a pilot is on board, makes the aircraft ideal for airborne research and testing. This hybrid operation provides the opportunity to safely test unmanned technology on an aircraft that can be manually flown if the need arises. This mode allows the Centaur to be flown as an unmanned aircraft for the testing of payloads, equipment, or operational procedures, but without any of the airspace limitations typically encountered for UAS flights.

Aurora delivered the first ever OPA to armasuisse, the procurement agency of Switzerland’s Department of Defence, in November of 2013. armasuisse operates its own flight test center and uses Centaur as a platform to test sensors and sense and avoid equipment required to operate UAS in the Swiss national airspace.