Product Overview

LightningStrike is the first aircraft in history designed to demonstrate the following:

  • Distributed hybrid-electric propulsion ducted fans
  • Innovative synchronous electric-drive system
  • Both tilt wing and canard for vertical take-off and landing
  • High efficiency in both hover and high-speed forward flight

Program Background

  • Created by Aurora Flight Sciences and partners Rolls-Royce and Honeywell
  • Developed for the Vertical Take-Off and Landing Experimental Aircraft (VTOL X-Plane) program
  • Funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Media Assets

Introducing Aurora's LightningStrike VTOL X-Plane

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Aurora Successfully Flies Subscale X-Plane Aircraft

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Above Images: Stills from LightningStrike VTOL X-Plane’s First Flight
Approved for Public Release, Distribution Unlimited.

Above Images: Approved for Public Release, Distribution Unlimited.