Aurora Flight Sciences

By Steve Trimble
Future battlefields with dispersed units and contested logistics are driving DARPA’s new portfolio of disruptive investments.
Emerging Technologies

By Graham Warwick
The project is developing a digital twin of Aurora’s Skiron-X expeditionary uncrewed aircraft.
Advanced Air Mobility

By Graham Warwick
High-speed testbeds make progress; validating a digital twin; non-CO2 emissions road map; power-beamed UAV; SAF via bacteria.
Emerging Technologies

By Graham Warwick
Round the world on hydrogen; first-responder VTOL competition; stop-fold tiltrotor; another Chinese eVTOL.
Emerging Technologies

By Steve Trimble
The Aurora Flight Sciences team is competing with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) during phase 1B of the Liberty Lifter program.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Graham Warwick
Active flow control promises to be lighter, less complex and higher-performing than movable flight controls.
Emerging Technologies

By Steve Trimble
DARPA has decided to move forward with a new X-plane designed by Aurora Flight Sciences.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Graham Warwick
Fan-in-wing high-speed VTOL; JAL eyes hydrogen-electric; China’s firefighting eVTOL; Wright hybrid-electric testbed; and Islander to fly 5G.
Emerging Technologies

By Steve Trimble
DARPA plans to select designs from one or more of the companies to build a prototype to fly in 2027.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Steve Trimble
A two-decade trend of failed X-plane projects at the agency appears to be reversing, with a recent switch to a scaled-down approach producing results.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Graham Warwick
South Korean researchers have developed a humanoid robot capable of understanding flight manuals and flying an aircraft without cockpit modifications.
Emerging Technologies

By Graham Warwick
The EL-2 Goldfinch’s multiple electric propellers blow the wing to enable ultra-short takeoffs and landings.
Advanced Air Mobility

By Brian Everstine
Boeing and Aurora Flight Sciences on June 20 announced a joint effort to develop new defensive systems and countermeasures for the KC-46 and future tankers.
Paris Air Show

By Steve Trimble
A new DARPA aircraft designed by Aurora Flight Sciences to experiment with active flow control technology has been designated the X-65.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Graham Warwick
U.S. startup RapidFlight has emerged from stealth mode to launch the M2, a Group 3 uncrewed aircraft system that is 3D-printed.
Advanced Air Mobility

By Garrett Reim
Lockheed Martin Ventures has invested in electric seaglider startup Regent to speed up the development of a military variant of the company’s aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Steve Trimble
Aurora Flight Sciences has revealed an eight-propulsor, monohull design for the DARPA Liberty Lifter program.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Graham Warwick
Aurora plans to fly an X-plane for DARPA in 2025 that will fly solely by using active flow control instead of mechanical control surfaces.
Emerging Technologies