Aurora announces X-Plane technology

Aurora Flight Sciences has announced that it has reached an agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to transition its X-Plane program technology to commercial applications, including expanding its research into commercial eVTOL systems, the company said.

Developed for DARPA´s Vertical Takeoff and Landing Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program, the program´s XV-24 subscale vehicle demonstrator (SVD) delivered a number of key aviation milestones:

Distributed electric propulsion ducted fans
An innovative synchronous electric-drive system
Both tilt-wing- and tilt-canard-based propulsion for vertical takeoff and landing
High efficiency in both hover and high-speed forward flight

These milestones advanced the concept of distributed electric propulsion applied to Aurora´s eVTOL on-demand aircraft, which is being developed in partnership with Uber Elevate.

Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing company, is an innovative technology company that strives to create smarter aircraft through the development of versatile and intuitive autonomous systems. Operating at the intersection of technology and robotic aviation, Aurora leverages the power of autonomy to make manned and unmanned flight safer and more efficient. 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; and offices in Dayton, Ohio, and Mountain View, California. To view more about Aurora visit,