Aurora Flight Sciences

Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) | Autonomy | Experimental Aircraft | Flight Testing

United States of America
Aurora Flight Sciences
Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) | Autonomy | Experimental Aircraft | Flight Testing
9950 Wakeman Dr Manassas, VA 20110 United States of America Regional offices
+1 703.369.3633

Aurora Flight Sciences is a leading developer of cutting-edge unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and aviation technologies. We have a proven and varied history of creating innovative solutions that span the state of the art in autonomous systems, propulsion engineering, manufacturing and a range of other disciplines.

Our products and our R&D capabilities solve problems for customers in the global commercial, defense and government sectors. We are a trusted supplier to Tier 1 aerospace and aircraft manufacturers, providing high-quality components and sub-assemblies. We offer mission-ready small unmanned aircraft systems, and we design, build, and fly experimental aircraft that demonstrate cutting-edge technologies.

Skiron-X Small Unmanned Aerial System

Group 2 UAS with VTOL capability & ISR payload


The Skiron Expeditionary sUAS (Skiron-X) is a Group 2 UAS with electric VTOL capabilities for versatile maneuvering as well as long-endurance flight. Optimized for ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance), this small unmanned aircraft can be set up and launched by a two-person crew in 15 minutes and carries out missions at undetectable altitudes.

Group 2 UASThe aircraft features a modular nosecone payload bay that can be equipped with an ISR-focused EO/IR camera or a custom payload integration. With a flight endurance of up to 180 minutes and long-range military-grade RF communications, the Skiron-X sUAS is well-suited for a variety of operations.

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Centaur Optionally Piloted Aircraft

OPA system for ISR and R&D

remotely piloted aircraft systems

The Centaur is a multi-mission optionally-piloted aircraft optimized for multi-domain ISR and designed to support piloted, remotely piloted, or hybrid flight operations. Based on a highly fuel-efficient twin engine aircraft design, the Centaur OPA can fly for more than 16 hours at altitudes of up to 25,000 feet.

Centaur Optionally Piloted AircraftThe aircraft can be equipped with a wide variety of payloads, including EO/IR cameras, SAR (synthetic aperture radar) and multispectral sensors. It can be used for research and development and flight testing of new technologies with its FAA Airworthiness Certificate that allows it access to the National Airspace System (NAS).

Advanced & Experimental Aircraft

Cutting-edge design, manufacture and flight testing for the next generation of aviation

prototype aircraft

Designing, building, and flying advanced aircraft is at the heart of Aurora Flight Sciences. We bring together a unique combination of expertise across engineering, rapid prototyping, manufacturing, and flight operations, taking cutting-edge manned and unmanned aircraft designs from initial ideas through to full flight.

Advanced and Experimental AircraftAurora has a long and proven history of creating experimental and prototype aircraft for a wide range of aerospace and defense clients, including NASA and DARPA. The SunLight Eagle platform completed the first solar-powered UAS flights in the U.S. national airspace, and Orion set the world record for the longest flight duration achieved by a remotely-controlled UAV. In 2019, we flew our first unmanned eVTOL passenger air vehicle.

We are continuing to innovate with programs that demonstrate more sustainable propulsion systems, advanced flight controls, maritime heavy-air-lift, and high-speed vertical lift.

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Regional Offices & Locations
Aurora Headquarters United States of America 9950 Wakeman Dr Manassas, VA 20110 +1 703.369.3633 Contact Office Contact Website
Aerospace & Autonomy Center United States of America 314 Main St, 17th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142 +1 617.500.4800 Website
Advanced Manufacturing United States of America 200 Aurora Way Columbus, MS 39701 +1 662.328.8227 Website
Advanced Manufacturing United States of America 3000 East Benedum Industrial Dr. Bridgeport, WV 26330 +1 304.842.8100 Website
Aurora Swiss Aerospace Switzerland Baselstrasse 61A, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland +41-41-248-00-40 Contact Office Website