Aurora, Being Acquired by Boeing, Names New COO

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Following Boeing’s announcement to acquire the company, Aurora Flight Sciences, an autonomous systems company based in Manassas, Va., has appointed Matthew G. Hutchison chief operating officer (COO).

Hutchison replaces Mark C. Cherry, who was named by Boeing as the new head of Boeing Phantom Works.

Hutchison currently serves 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. According to Aurora, he was instrumental in the creation of Athena Technologies, an Aurora spin-off that was sold to Rockwell Collins in 2008; he also ultimately led their UAS and controls technologies business.

Hutchison holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech. He was recently named an associate fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Aurora develops aircraft including the optionally piloted Centaur, which has been a part of an airborne gravity survey campaign for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for example.

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Headline a bit erroneous! Hutchinson to be Aurora COO, Cherry to be Boeing Phantom Works boss