Aurora Flight Sciences Now Officially a Boeing Company

Boeing has completed its previously announced acquisition of Aurora Flight Sciences, a developer and manufacturer of advanced aerospace platforms and autonomous systems.

Aurora will operate under Boeing Engineering, Test & Technology as a subsidiary called Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company. It will retain an independent operating model while benefiting from Boeing’s experience as a major provider of aerospace products and services.

Headquartered in Manassas, Va., Aurora has more than 550 employees and operates in six locations, including research and development centers in Cambridge, Mass., and Luzern, Switzerland; manufacturing facilities in Bridgeport, W.Va., and Columbus, Miss.; and offices in Dayton, Ohio, and Mountain View, Calif.

Aurora’s products include the optionally piloted Centaur aircraft, which has been a part of an airborne gravity survey campaign for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for example, and has even been ridden in by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Boeing first announced the agreement with Aurora on Oct. 5, pending U.S. government approval. Terms of the approved deal were not disclosed and do not affect Boeing’s financial guidance.

Following Boeing’s announcement to acquire the company, Aurora recently appointed Matthew G. Hutchison chief operating officer, replacing Mark C. Cherry, who was named by Boeing as the new head of Boeing Phantom Works. Hutchison previously served as vice president for engineering at Aurora. He joined the company in 1993 as an engineering analyst, supporting the company’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) development programs.

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