Aurora Flight Services

April 18, 2016
By George I. Seffers

Aurora Flight Sciences, Manassas, Virginia, announced today company personnel successfully flew a subscale version of its LightningStrike vertical take-off and landing experimental plane (VTOL X-plane) for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The flight of the subscale aircraft met a DARPA risk reduction requirement, focusing on validation of the aerodynamic design and flight control system.

March 4, 2016
DARPA has awarded funds to Aurora Flight Services for the next two phases of the X-plane program.

Aurora Flight Sciences, Manassas, Virginia, has been awarded an $89,444,166 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Phases II and III of the vertical take-off and landing X-plane research portfolio. Work will be performed in Manassas, Virginia (62 percent); Indianapolis (31 percent); Tucson, Arizona (3 percent); and Ventura, California (4 percent), with an expected completion date of September 2018. Fiscal 2015 research and development funds in the amount of $2,692,858; and fiscal 2016 research and development funds in the amount of $50,674,897 are being obligated at time of award. This contract was a competitive acquisition and three offers were received.

June 11, 2014

Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, Manassas, Virginia, has been awarded a $10,457,663 modification (P00003) exercising the first option period on a seven-month base contract (HR0011-14-C-0014), with one 16-month option period. The contractor shall provide the personnel, equipment, materials, tools, facilities and program management and technical effort to design, develop, integrate, test and deliver the contractual requirements of the program for building two X-Plane aircraft. The contracting activity is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia.

July 29, 2011
By George Seffers

General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Virginia, and Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, Manassas, Virginia, are each being awarded a $45 million maximum cost-plus-fixed indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to develop and improve manufacturing processes for all aspects of remotely piloted vehicles/aircraft. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.