Skip to Main Content

About Aurora Flight Sciences Corp

Pilots? For most of its aircraft, Aurora Flight Sciences doesn't need pilots (at least not ones who sit in a cockpit of a plane). The company makes unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, aka drones), and composite structures for aircraft with both military and scientific applications. It also provides flight operations and testing services for a variety of aircraft. Customers have included defense and commercial aerospace contractors. As a subsidiary of Boeing, both were combined its size and strength to create an unprecedented opportunity to advance the future of flight. Aurora Flight Sciences was founded in 1989.


Aurora has designed, produced, and flown more than 30 unmanned air vehicles, pioneering technologies of long-endurance aircraft, robotic co-pilots, and autonomous electric VTOL aircraft. It compose of four programs such as Centaur, Odysseus, Orion, and PAV - Passenger Air Vehicle. 

The Centaur is an optionally piloted aircraft (OPA) that combines the best of manned and unmanned aircraft capabilities boasting three modes of operation: manned, unmanned and augmented. Odysseus is solar-powered, autonomous aircraft ready to deliver mission from the stratosphere. This high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) provides the biggest payload capacity available in persistent, solar aviation.

The Orion Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft combines a highly efficient aerodynamic design with lightweight construction and efficient heavy fuel propulsion, enabling a single aircraft to perform a continuous five day mission while carrying over 1,000 pounds of mission payloads. PAV is an eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft or air taxi. The PAV prototype provides a solution to the transportation challenges of the future while integrating into today's current transportation systems.

Geographic Reach

Headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, Aurora Flight Sciences operates production plants in Bridgeport, West Virginia, and Columbus, Mississippi. It has Research and Development Centers located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dayton, Ohio and Menlo Park, California, and a European office, Aurora Swiss Aerospace, located in Luzern, Switzerland. The company has also two satellite sites in Menlo Park, California, and Beavercreek, Ohio.

Sales and Marketing

The company offer a full service solution for its military and commercial customers. Aurora Research & Prototyping (AR&P) customers include: Boeing, Harris Corporation, GE Middle River, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and Korean Aerospace Industries.

Aurora Mississippi fabricates and performs final assembly of composite aerostructures for defense and commercial aerospace customers, including Aurora's Orion Medium Altitude-Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.


Aurora Flight Sciences of WV partnered with Marshall University's Robert C. Byrd Institute so that Aurora will use a portion of RCBI's Bridgeport facility located at 2400 East Benedum Industrial Drive. Aurora will use the additional space to enhance its assembly and integration of composite and metallic products for unmanned aircraft.

Company Background

Company president John Langford founded Aurora Flight Sciences in 1989.

Aurora Flight Sciences Corp

9950 Wakeman Dr
Manassas, VA 20110-2702
Phone: 1 (703) 369-3633

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
President and COO: Mark C. Cherry
VP, UAS and CTO: Tom Clancy
Chairman and CEO: John S. Langford
Employees (This Location): 140
Employees (All Locations): 550

Major Office Locations

Manassas, VA

Other Locations

Cambridge, MA
Columbus, MS