Aurora

  • VFS at AUVSI XPO2019

    On Monday, April 29, 2019, the Vertical Flight Society hosted a panel at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) XPONENTIAL 2019 trade show, with some 200 attendees.

    This special interactive panel featured innovation leaders from Aurora, Bell, Sikorsky and NASA, as well as investment companies NEXA Capital and Starburst Accelerator discussing how autonomy,...

  • Bell Nexus over Dallas, Texas

    The eVTOL Industry in Transition

    The eVTOL Industry in Transition
    In light of the watershed 6th Annual eVTOL Symposium, and recent news and events,
    Vertiflite asses
    ses how the burgeoning industry is maturing.

    By Kenneth I. Swartz
    Vertiflite Mar/Apr 2019

    In the five years since...

  • Uber Second Summit Summary

    Uber’s Second Annual Elevate Summit was held in Los Angeles, California, on May 8–9, the week before Forum 74, with about 1,000 attendees. Uber said that some 10,000 people live-streamed the event. (All of the press releases and links to the videos of most of the presentations and panels are available at www.evtol.news/uber.)

    Of note was the addition of Karem Aircraft to...

  • LightningStrike Flight

    LightningStrike Concluded

    On April 24, Aurora Flight Sciences announced that it had reached an agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to conclude the joint hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) X-Plane program that was developing the XV-24A LightningStrike. “When DARPA launched the idea of distributed electric propulsion in 2013, it was a novel concept. Today, it is widely...

  • Aurora LightningStrike

    Aurora LightningStrike (defunct)

    LightningStrike (XV-24A)
    Aurora Flight Sciences
    Manassas, Virginia, USA
    www.aurora.aero

    The Aurora LightningStrike XV-24 was a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) project to demonstrate high speed and Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) capabilities in a drone.

    The LightningStrike had tilting rear wings and forward canards that employed one...

  • Aurora PAV

    Aurora Passenger Air Vehicle (PAV)
    Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company
    Manassas, Virginia, USA
    www.aurora.aero

    The Aurora Passenger Air Vehicle is an electric aircraft with eight propellers for vertical flight and a push-prop and wings for cruising. It will have both a length and wingspan of 8 m and be able to carry a load of 225 kg at a speed of 180 km/h. It is...

  • Aurora’s Small LightningStrike Transitions

    Aurora Flight Sciences’ XV-24A LightningStrike subscale vehicle demonstrator (SVD) aircraft completed its planned flight test program in early March. Funded by DARPA, the SVD successfully demonstrated key technical features that the full-scale XV-24A will perform, including transition flight.

    The XV-24A is a tiltwing unmanned aircraft that will be powered by a distributed electric...