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, electric propulsion and other critical technologies are enabling an...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Aurora Flight Sciences eVTOL, USA.

    Aurora Flight Sciences Pegasus PAV

    Pegasus Passenger Air Vehicle (PAV)Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing CompanyManassas, Virginia, USAwww.aurora.aero

    Aurora Flight Sciences was started in May 1989 by John Langford, III (PhD in Aeronautics and Public Policy from MIT) with two employees; fast forward to 2018, the company had about 550 employees among its four main sites. Aurora bills itself as...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...