Aurora Flight Sciences aircraft completes subscale flight test program

Aurora´s XV-24A LightningStrike Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) X-Plane subscale vehicle demonstrator (SVD) aircraft completed its planned flight test program in early March at Webster Outlying Field in Southern Maryland, the company said.

Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the SVD successfully demonstrated key technical features the full-scale XV-24A will perform, including outbound and inbound transition flight. The SVD aircraft is a 325 pound, Lithium battery powered scale model of the 12,000 pound, 61 foot wingspan XV-24A.

Aurora´s LightningStrike VTOL X-Plane was recently designated the XV-24A by DARPA and the US Air Force. The XV-24A is a tilt-wing unmanned aerial vehicle powered by an Electric Distributed Propulsion (EDP) system.

The XV-24A is being developed with the goal of achieving a top sustained flight speed of 300 — 400 knots, with 15% increase in hover efficiency and a two-fold increase in speed over helicopters.

Aurora Flight Sciences develops versatile and intuitive autonomous systems for aircraft. Operating at the intersection of technology and robotic aviation, the company leverages the power of autonomy to make manned and unmanned flight safer and more efficient. Headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, it operates production plants in Bridgeport, West Virginia and Columbus, Mississippi, has Research and Development Centers in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dayton, Ohio and Mountain View, California, and a European office, Aurora Swiss Aerospace, located in Luzern, Switzerland.