Aurora

  • 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 the group of five aircraft development partners: Karem replaced Mooney International, which had...

  • 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 accepted as the catalyst to a sophisticated electric air transportation ecosystem,” said...

  • Thinking Outside the Box Is Inside the Box at Aurora Flight Sciences

    Thinking Outside the Box....
    ...Is Inside the Box at Aurora Flight Sciences

    By Douglas Nelms

    Vertiflite, May/June 2018

    Since the last comprehensive review of Aurora Flight Sciences (Vertiflite, March/April 2013), much has happened with the company. This article provides an update of the company’s innovative vertical flight...

  • Lilium Jet Hover (close up)

    Charging Forward: New eVTOL Concepts Advance

    Charging Forward: New eVTOL Concepts Advance

    By Kenneth I. Swartz

    Look! Up in the sky! It’s a car — It’s a plane — No, it’s my UberAir!

    Vertiflite, Jul-Aug 2017

    To those immersed in the world of traditional helicopters, it may take a little time to...

  • Aurora LightningStrike

    Aurora LightningStrike (defunct)

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

    The Aurora LightningStrike, funded under DARPA's unmanned VTOL Experimental Aircraft (VTOL X-Plane), will use hybrid turboshaft-generator power to turn 24 ducted fans on its tilting wing and canard for speeds above 300 kt (555 km/h).

    Aurora LightningStrike Characteristics (Updated Feb. 2017)

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  • Aurora 1/4 Scale eVTOL demonstrator

    Aurora eVTOL

    Aurora eVTOL
    Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company
    Manassas, Virginia, USA
    www.aurora.aero

    Aurora Flight Sciences announced on April 25, 2017 that the company is developing an eVTOL aircraft for the Uber Elevate mission. A quarter-scale aircraft was flown with a length and wingspan of 2 m (6.6 ft) and a weight of 12.5 kg (27.6 lb). It uses eight 35.5 cm (14 inch) lifting propellers, and a single 30.5 cm (12 in) cruise propeller. It was designed for a maximum speed...

  • 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 propulsion system. Twenty-four variable pitch ducted fans driven by electric motors provide thrust for both...

  • Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers

    Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers

    By Richard Whittle

    Vertiflite, Mar-Apr 2017

    In this continuation from last issue’s article, “The Demand for On-Demand Mobility,” Vertiflite reports on companies pursuing visions aligned with Uber’s Elevate White Paper.

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  • SVD X-Plane scale model

    Hybrid-Electric LightningStrike

    Hybrid-Electric LightningStrike

    By Richard Whittle

    Vertiflite, March/April 2017

    Pure electric propulsion isn’t the only route to aeronautical revolution — and maybe not the fastest. Aurora Flight Sciences is working to prove that with its avant-garde LightningStrike, a hybrid-electric technology demonstrator that the...

  • Greased Lightning

    Lift Where You Need It

    Lift Where You Need It
    Given advances in power generation, storage and control, Distributed Electric Propulsion opens new design opportunities for vertical flight

    By Frank Colucci

    Vertiflite, Nov-Dec 2016

    With rotors, ducted fans and other lift devices powered through wires, Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP) can...