ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

Expert Aerosystem Design, Prototyping, and Production

Aurora provides consistent and reliable components, sub-assemblies, and airframes using the latest technologies in composite materials and robotic manufacturing in AS9100 third party certified facilities. We work with our customers to:

  • Develop advanced materials and manufacturing process technologies
  • Leverage automation to scale technologies and transition them into production
  • Deliver quality complex composite structures and assemblies on time

Cutting-Edge Manufacturing Technology

Aurora’s advanced capabilities in manufacturing automation and robotics reduce production costs while ensuring quality, performance, and safety. We optimize the use of robots through robot system simulation, and we expertly deploy robotics and other technologies across our manufacturing facilities.

Flexible Robotic Composite Manufacturing Cell (FRCMC)

Aurora’s robotic composite manufacturing cell supports a wide range of manufacturing processes and meets all customer quality requirements at significantly reduced costs for mixed low to medium rate production programs using pulsed non-linear assembly line production flow.

Capabilities​​:

  • 8-axis robotic part machining​​
  • Automated part transportation​​
  • 7-axis robotic part dimensional inspection coupled with industry standard laser tracker
  • Integrated process control using Aurora’s Production Utilization Planner (PUP) software which simulates, schedules, monitors, and learns FRCMC operations ​

Additional Manufacturing Technologies

Through several key technologies, Aurora can meet customer requirements for both rapid prototype and production-scale manufacturing of aerospace-grade components and sub-assemblies.

  • Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) of carbon, pitch and Boron fiber with epoxy and cyanate-based resin systems
  • Autoclave and non-autoclave curing
  • Automated in-situ metrology for machining and AFP processes
  • Composite hot drape forming​
  • Ultrasonic non-destructive inspection​
  • ​Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing
  • In-process AFP automated ply inspection
  • CNC 5-axis machining (composites, titanium and super alloy metals​)
  • Mechanical testing for material property allowables generation and joint/component testing

Full-Service Product Development & Production

Aurora specializes in complex design, build-to-print, rapid prototyping, and production of air vehicles, components, and sub-assemblies. We can provide full lifecycle support from concept to prototyping, testing, and production. In addition, we can develop new materials and manufacturing processes that improve performance and quality and reduce costs for your existing products. Our core competencies include:

Air Vehicles
Wings and Lifting Surfaces
Fuselages

Engine Nacelles
Fairings, Pylons and Radomes

Control Surfaces
Doors and Reinforced Structures

Aerosystems Client Programs

Aurora is a trusted provider of high value aerosystems to leading manufacturers across the aerospace, defense, and civil aviation markets. Here are a few of the programs we are proud to deliver for our customers:

Boeing MQ-25

Facility: Bridgeport, West Virginia and Columbus, Mississippi
Components: Composite parts
Program: Design and build

Northrop Grumman Global Hawk and Triton

Facility: Bridgeport, West Virginia
Components: Aft Fuselage, Nacelle and V-Tail Assembly
Program: Build-to-print

Sikorsky CH-53K

Facility: Bridgeport, West Virginia
Components: Nacelles, Main Rotor Pylon
Program: Build-to-print, design and build

Sikorsky S-92

Facility: Columbus, Mississippi
Components: Upper Clam Shell/Slider Door, Lower Door
Program: Build-to-print

Gulfstream G500

Facility: Columbus, Mississippi
Components: Horizontal Tail
Program: Build-to-print

Sikorsky MH-60-R Sonobuoy

Facility: Columbus, Mississippi
Components: Launcher Assembly
Program: Build-to-print

We manufacture high-quality aerosystems using expert engineering and cutting-edge technology.

How can we help bring your program to life?