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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: At Aurora, we apply autonomy and robotics to the development, production, and operation of advanced aircraft.

Aurora Flight Sciences – Why Work For Us?

You come to Aurora to build things that people have never seen before. From next generation aircraft to their enabling technologies. Here, you can take an idea from start to finish. It's how we've built thirty aircraft in thirty years - because of people like you. Some of the world's smartest and most passionate people, all moved by the idea that what you build can change the world. 

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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.

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    I worked at Aurora for over 15 years and only left because of health reasons or I would have retired there. I always felt that the CEO and his Senior Management team gave me the tools, leeway and backing to do my job to the best of my ability and I always felt that even though I did not design the aircraft or build the aircraft the job I provided was still very much part of the team effort and success of Aurora’s mission. It was exciting to be a part of such a progressive vision over the last 15 years it was TRULY my honor to be part of such a great company that cares about their employees and provides for the defense of our country.


    No company is perfect but I had no complaints it was a great career choice for 15 years of my life experience.

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    You have always remembered how important the people are that work for you, continue to let them know they are appreciated as you always have, it goes a long way.

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Aurora Flight Sciences Photos

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.
Aurora Flight Sciences photo of: Aurora Manassas interns visiting our neighbors at Customs and Border Patrol
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    I applied online. I interviewed at Aurora Flight Sciences in April 2018.


    I received a voicemail from an HR Recruiter in the morning. The recruiter had a very strong accent and I had a little trouble understanding the message. The message stated that he would be forwarding some information via email. By late afternoon, I had not received any email information. I called the recruiter back and got his voicemail. I explained that I was returning his call and that I had not received an email. I never heard from him again.

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