As we mark our 35th anniversary at Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing company, we reflect on the journey that brought us here. From our start in a small facility in Alexandria, Virginia to becoming a leading name in the aerospace industry, our story is one of perseverance, innovation, and a pursuit of excellence.

Founded in 1989, Aurora set out to redefine the boundaries of what was possible in autonomous flight. Our first remotely piloted aircraft, the Perseus Proof of Concept, took flight in 1991, marking a significant advancement in unmanned aerial systems technology. This achievement laid the foundation for many groundbreaking projects to come.

Over the years, we continued to innovate and expand our capabilities, taking on projects to design, build, test, and fly advanced aircraft and enabling technologies. As we look back on our journey, we are grateful for the partnerships, collaborations, and team members that have fueled our success, bringing new opportunities for growth and innovation.

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Today, our team continues to shape the future of flight by developing next-generation aircraft designs and leveraging cutting-edge manufacturing technology. Here’s to 35 years of innovation, excellence, and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.


Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company, advances the future of flight by developing and applying innovations across aircraft configurations, autonomous systems, propulsion technologies, and manufacturing processes. With a passionate and agile team, Aurora delivers solutions to its customers’ toughest challenges while meeting high standards of safety and quality. Learn more at

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