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Manassas, VA
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Aerospace & Defense
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Aurora Flight Sciences is a world leader in the development of highly autonomous aircraft. Our mission is to change the way we travel by applying autonomy and robotics to the development, production and operation of advanced aircraft.

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Mission: Apply autonomy and robotics to the development, production, and operation of advanced aircraft.

Aurora Flight Sciences – Why Work For Us?

This is your chance to make history with us. We’re looking for individuals who are passionate about flight and technology, and possess a curiosity that drives innovative ideas. We are seeking experts and explorers in autonomy, aerospace and aviation engineers, and dedicated professionals of varying disciplines to support our everyday business operations. Cross-disciplinary interests are strongly desired; we love people that combine world-class expertise with a diverse background and interesting hobbies.
Aurora places a high value on influential characteristics including:
  • Exemplary work ethic. Engineers are expected to contribute significantly from day one, whether they are creating flight code for a new aircraft, designing a robotic co-pilot, or conceptualizing a UAV pilot interface. A key Aurora value is to “maintain a sense of urgency and a bias towards action.”
  • Spirit of collaboration. Innovation teams consist of recognized experts and eager learners alike; we recognize the merit of ideas regardless of their origin.
  • Commitment to quality. We believe the integrity of data presented is essential, and our engineers consistently deliver high quality products.
  • Leadership. Whether you are a fresh-out or a veteran, we expect engineers to lead by example.
We expect hard work from Aurora engineers. In return, you can expect to contribute to a never-before-flown aircraft, from paper design to flight test. If you think you would enjoy watching your design take off and fly (sometimes while sitting in the back seat), apply today for one of our highly competitive positions!

Manassas, Virginia
Aurora Headquarters

Located in Northern Virginia, approximately 30 miles west of Washington, DC, Aurora’s headquarters is home to the company’s design engineering team.

Aurora moved to Manassas in 1991 from its “garage shop” location where the company was originally founded in Alexandria, Virginia. The Manassas location currently has three buildings with a total of four hangar bays. Aurora uses this facility for ongoing development programs, rapid prototyping and as home base for corporate operations.

9950 Wakeman Dr
Manassas, VA 20110
Tel: 703.369.3633

Bridgeport, West Virginia
Aerostructure Manufacturing

Our facility in West Virginia focuses on the design, building and printing of aerostructure components utilizing lean aerospace manufacturing techniques and technologies. The West Virginia facility is the center of Aurora’s composite manufacturing work for military aircraft, with the RQ-4 Global Hawk/Triton and the CH-53K King Stallion providing the foundation. In addition, the facility is also the production base for numerous composite airframe parts of the Bell 525 helicopter.

3000 East Benedum Industrial Dr.
Bridgeport, WV 26330
Tel: 304.842.8100

Columbus, Mississippi
Aerostructures Manufacturing and Final Assembly

Aurora’s Mississippi facility opened in March 2005 and permanently resides at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport in Columbus. The location is comprised of three buildings and a combined 120,000 sq. ft of manufacturing and production capacity.

Aurora Mississippi fabricates and performs final assembly of composite aerostructures for defense and commercial aerospace customers, including Aurora’s Orion Medium Altitude-Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Our state of the art capabilities include automated fiber placement, NDI, autoclave (16’x40’), NC trim and clean rooms.

200 Aurora Way
Columbus, MS 39701
Tel: 662.328.8227

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Research and Development Center

The heart of innovation at Aurora lies in our Research and Development Center located in one of the country’s predominant high tech-hubs, Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Established in 2006, the RDC’s mission is to perform basic and applied research supporting Aurora’s core business and product development efforts in the areas of unmanned aircraft systems, small space systems and other flight vehicles. The RDC also provides service to numerous external clients including NASA, DOD and major government contractors.

90 Broadway, Suite 11
Cambridge, MA 02142
Tel: 617.500.4800


European Office
Aurora Swiss Aerospace is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aurora Flight Sciences, established in the Canton of Luzern, Switzerland in 2013. Aurora Swiss Aerospace conducts upgrade and support projects for Aurora customers in Switzerland and throughout Europe, as well managing a European engineering team that conducts research and development for worldwide Aurora projects.

Aurora Swiss Aerospace
Mühlemattstrasse 8
6004 Luzern

Silicon Valley Office
Managed by the Research and Development Center in Cambridge, Aurora opened its first west coast location earlier this year in Mountain View, California. This office is focused on three primary activities: (1) the design of solar-powered aircraft (2) becoming Aurora’s center of excellence for small UAS, and (3) supporting NASA’s UAV Traffic Management (UTM) program being run out of NASA Ames. The Mountain View office is housed in the NASA Research Technology Park and is expandable as needed.

P.O. Box 11
Building 19, Room 1070M
350 N. Akron Rd.
Moffett Field, CA 94035
Tel: 650.210.7557

Dayton Office
In 2015 Aurora opened a small office in Dayton, Ohio, directly outside the gates of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The mission of this office is to support our U.S. Air Force programs and is managed by the Research and Development Center out of Cambridge, MA.

5100 Springfield St.
Suite 308
Beavercreek, OH 45431
Tel: 937.723.9892


Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

John S. Langford is the Chairman and CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, which he founded in 1989. Langford is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He received his Bachelors degree in Aeronautics (1979), Masters in Aeronautics & Astronautics (1984), Masters in Defense Policy (1983) and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Public Policy (1987) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Prior to Aurora, Langford worked for the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia. While at MIT, Langford organized and led a series of human-powered aircraft projects, culminating in the Daedalus Project, which in 1988 shattered the world distance and endurance records for humanpowered flight with a 72 mile flight between the Greek islands of Crete and Santorini. Earlier, Langford worked for the Lockheed Corporation as an engineer on the development of the F-117 stealth fighter, and as an intern at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.


Vice President of Business Operations

Ms. Miller is responsible for strategic planning and execution of shared services for Aurora’s four locations. Shared services include human resources, facilities, MIS/IT, security, export control, corporate communications, educational & public outreach, and corporate flight operations. In addition the General Managers in VA and MA directly report to her. Since joining the organization in 1994, Ms. Miller has been responsible for human and capital resources planning to support the company’s growth both organically and through acquisition.

In 1999 she led activities to establish an international joint venture and subsequently a successful acquisition in 2000 that doubled the company size. Ms. Miller led the green field activities to start an operation in Columbus, Mississippi in 2005 and an R&D center in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2006.

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    Aurora is always on the forefront of new technologies and advances in aerospace. It's small size allows you to get to know your colleagues and have direct interaction with company leaders.


    Individual expectations and goals set from the beginning need to be clear while addressing additional work loads as the company continues to grow and support bigger programs.

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    Ensure that work-life balance is stressed and practiced and that support is given to the employees from the top down. Good managers set good examples.

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Aurora Flight Sciences photo of: Employees watch as the AACUS team conducts test flights at the Aurora Manassas airport location
Aurora Flight Sciences photo of: Automated Fiber Placement machine at Aurora's Mississippi factory
Aurora Flight Sciences photo of: Aurora's aircraft family includes manned, unmanned, optionally piloted and solar-powered flight capabilities
Aurora Flight Sciences photo of: Aurora's Orion UAS has a wing span of 132 ft.
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    I applied online. I interviewed at Aurora Flight Sciences (Manassas, VA) in February 2018.


    Aurora gave me a week’s notice to prepare a 30 minute presentation (with slides) for my initial interview. Spent ~30 hours preparing presentation only for the hiring manager to arrive late and spend most of the time on her phone. Asked me to stay for five hours total and meet CEO at end of day. Did not receive an offer or even feedback.

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