• 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

    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)


  • Aurora eVTOL

    Aurora eVTOL
    Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company
    Manassas, Virginia, USA

    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.


  • 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...

  • Italdesign - Airbus Pop Up

    Electric VTOL News

    Electric VTOL News
    The Latest in eVTOL Developments

    By AHS Staff

    Vertiflite, May-June 2017

    Serious progress is being made around the world in eVTOL development. Here is a roundup of recent news that has come out since the detailed article in the last issue of Vertiflite.

    Airbus Decides...

  • Aurora SVD

    A Small LightningStrike

    A Small LightningStrike

    By Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director

    Vertiflite, Jul-Aug 2016

    (All photos by Aurora)

    As described in the last issue of Vertiflite (“Lightning Strikes Aurora”), after four-and-a-half years of development, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects...