Boeing to Acquire Aurora Flight Sciences to Advance Autonomous Technologies
MANASSAS, Va. — Boeing plans to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences Corp. a world-class innovator, developer and manufacturer of advanced aerospace platforms under an agreement signed by the companies, Boeing announced in an Oct. 5 release.
Aurora specializes in autonomous systems technologies to enable advanced robotic aircraft for future aerospace applications and vehicles.
“The combined strength and innovation of our teams will advance the development of autonomy for our commercial and military systems,” said Greg Hyslop, chief technology officer and senior vice president of Boeing Engineering, Test & Technology. “Together, these talented teams will open new markets with transformational technologies.”
Leveraging autonomous systems that include perception, machine learning and advanced flight control systems, Aurora has designed, produced and flown more than 30 unmanned air vehicles since the company was founded in 1989. Aurora is a leader in the emerging field of electric propulsion for aircraft. During the last decade, Aurora has collaborated with Boeing on the rapid prototyping of innovative aircraft and structural assemblies for both military and commercial applications.
“Since its inception, Aurora has been focused on the development of innovative aircraft that leverage autonomy to make aircraft smarter,” said John Langford, Aurora Flight Sciences founder and chief executive officer. “As an integral part of Boeing, our pioneered technologies of long-endurance aircraft, robotic co-pilots, and autonomous electric VTOLs [vertical takeoffs and landings] will be transitioned into world-class products for the global infrastructure.”
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Once acquired, Aurora will be a subsidiary under Boeing Engineering Test & Technology known as Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company. It will retain an independent operating model while benefiting from Boeing’s resources and position as the leading provider of aerospace products and services.
Headquartered in Manassas, Aurora Flight Sciences has more than 550 employees. It operations include a research and development center located near MIT in Cambridge, Mass.; manufacturing facilities in Bridgeport, W.V.; and Columbus, Miss.; and offices in Dayton, Ohio, Mountain View, Calif., and Luzern, Switzerland.