It should be business as usual at Aurora Flight Sciences in Columbus after Thursday’s announcement that the company is being sold to Boeing.
According to a news release from Boeing, the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer, after the purchase has been completed Aurora will continue to operate as its own independent subsidiary. The purchase price of the company has not been disclosed. Aurora Flight Sciences has been a pioneer in the field of autonomous, or unmanned, fight systems and continues as an industry leader in the field.
Most recently, the company has worked on the development of its LightningStrike XV-24A vertical take-off and landing craft, an autonomous military aircraft that is being funded by the Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force.
Aurora has designed and flown more than 30 pilot-free vehicles during its nearly 20 years in operation.
The company arrived in Mississippi in 2003, operating out of the Mississippi State University’s Raspet Flight Sciences Laboratory in Starkville. It opened the first of what would be three buildings at the Lowndes County Industrial Park in 2005. Two new buildings (2008) and (2013) expanded the facility to roughly 19,000 square feet. Today the company employs almost 100 people.
Aurora Flight Sciences is headquartered in Manassas, Virginia. In addition to its Columbus facility, the company has another production plant in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and research/development centers in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Dayton, Ohio; and Mountain View, California; as well as a European office in Luzen, Switzerland.
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