Programs

Tomorrow’s Technology, Delivered Today

Aurora Flight Sciences executes programs in the development of advanced aircraft and enabling technologies. Customers choose Aurora to deliver advancements in autonomy, sustainability and electric propulsion, urban air mobility, and unmanned aerial systems of all sizes.

We are engineering the future of flight.

Autonomy

Aurora is advancing autonomous decision-making capabilities and human-machine interaction.

  • Human-Machine Teaming improves safety, enables new capabilities, and increases trust in autonomy.
  • Advanced perception technologies enable autonomous flight across platforms from small UAS to urban air mobility.

  • Guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) forms the core of the operation and integration of autonomous air vehicles.

  • Early-stage technology development programs drive innovation at the cutting edge of AI and machine learning.

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Counter-UAS

Each component of our counter-UAS tool set is flexible and rapidly evolving to meet our customers’ needs. Aurora’s counter-drone solution includes:

  • MIDAS, an AI-enabled counter-UAS interceptor that can defeat multiple small UAVs per flight with low-collateral effects

  • Red Team, group-1 aerial targets that offer a low-cost, reconfigurable solution for counter-UAS testing and training

  • HIL-Simulation software that creates a virtual wargaming environment for operator training and tactics development

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High-Altitude Pseudo-Satellite

Odysseus is a solar-powered aircraft designed to deliver missions from the stratosphere. Its global reach, flexible payload capacity, and persistent operation offers capabilities for a variety of use cases, including:

  • Continuous detection, protection, and connectivity for defense ISR missions

  • Long-term, high-resolution observation for weather and climate research

  • Connectivity to bridge the gaps of today’s satellite and terrestrial networks for the commercial communications industry

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Optionally Piloted Aircraft

Centaur is a flexible, multi-role system for piloted, hybrid, or remotely piloted flight operations. A cost-effective solution, Centaur offers:

  • The high degree of safety and redundancy of manned aircraft with the payload capacity and endurance of a large unmanned system

  • A versatile solution for ISR operations, with a multi-mode AESA surveillance radar, stabilized HD EO/IR system, and dual AIS receiver

  • A highly reliable platform with a triplex flight control system, dual redundant primary flight controls, and an automated contingency management system

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Urban Air Mobility

Aurora is committed to the development of aircraft and technologies that will lead to safe, sustainable, and seamless mobility. We are executing projects at the cutting edge of urban air mobility such as:

  • Supporting Wisk as they design, certify, and bring a self-flying electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to market

  • Studying the future of personal urban air mobility and the extension of urban traffic into the airspace​​

  • Leveraging our Passenger Air Vehicle prototype to inform design decisions and further research in autonomy and electric propulsion

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We help clients across government and commercial institutions to advance the future of flight.

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