Boeing completes acquisition of Aurora Flight Sciences

Boeing completed the acquisition of Aurora Flight Sciences, a world-class innovator, developer and manufacturer of advanced aerospace platforms and autonomous systems. Aurora will operate under Boeing Engineering, Test and Technology as a subsidiary called Aurora Flight Sciences. It will retain an independent operating model while benefiting from Boeing’s resources and position as a provider of aerospace products and services.


Aurora’s Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) uses LiDAR-based sensors to enable a helicopter to detect and avoid obstacles, among other tasks, without human guidance. In acquiring Aurora, Boeing aims to accelerate the development of such autonomous technology. Aurora Flight Sciences Photo

Boeing first announced the agreement with Aurora on Oct. 5, 2017, pending United States government approval. Terms of the approved deal were not disclosed and do not affect Boeing’s financial guidance.

Headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, Aurora has more than 550 employees and operates in six locations including research and development centers in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Luzern, Switzerland; manufacturing facilities in Bridgeport, West Virginia, and Columbus, Mississippi, with offices in Dayton, Ohio, and Mountain View, California.

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