Flight Operations & Testing

Accelerating Development Through Comprehensive Testing

Get into the air quickly with Aurora’s flight operations services. We plan, execute, train, and support flight operations for development and testing of new technologies, integrating unmanned systems into the airspace, and conducting research missions.

Flight Testing

Aurora operates manned, unmanned, and hybrid aircraft that can help accelerate your development and test cycles. With our operations expertise and versatile aircraft that accommodate a variety of payloads and test plans, we can safely test hardware, software, and procedures while efficiently delivering the data you need to move your program forward.

Remote Operations

Aurora’s remote operations centers in Manassas, VA, as well as our mobile operations center, are well equipped to execute piloted, remotely piloted, and hybrid operations in controlled or uncontrolled airspace. Our experienced operators and pilots can safely execute your mission to your precise specifications.

Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation

Aurora’s hardware-in-the-loop simulators enable testing of autonomous behaviors and other new technologies using exactly the same hardware and people as in a live flight test. Technologies are tested in a low-cost but highly relevant simulation environment to uncover needed improvements prior to testing in flight and to maximize program safety and efficiency.

Training & Customer Support

Aurora provides training for the operation of Aurora products such as SKIRON-X and Centaur. In conjunction with vehicle delivery, we will train your team on safe flight practices, aircraft maintenance, remote or unmanned operations, and more. Our training and customer support services are customized to your specific needs and will help your Aurora aircraft or system succeed.

Our Experience

From the North Slope in Alaska to the wilderness in South Africa, Aurora has conducted dozens of successful operations, proving the countless benefits of unmanned or optionally-piloted flight.

  • Mapped archeological sites in Peru

  • Countered poaching in South Africa

  • Collected environmental data in Alaska

  • Tracked shark populations off Nantucket

  • Tested airborne communications systems

  • Conducted flight testing of BVLOS technologies and CONOPs in the national airspace

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