Boeing continues to redefine how people look at the world of aviation. From the technology revolutionizing the manufacturing process to the innovations driving the industry forward, Boeing is truly an industry leader. This week the incredible aerospace company continued to show that they are not afraid of the transforming industry by announcing their purchase of Aurora Flight Science Corp. for an undisclosed price.
Aurora Flight Science Corp. is a leader in unmanned aviation systems development and the Virginia-based business utilizes perception, machine learning and advanced flight controls in its autonomous systems. The goal is to create robotic aircraft for future aerospace applications, offering these vehicles unprecedented capabilities. Furthermore, Aurora is also a developer of electric propulsion systems for aircraft which have the potential to dramatically reduce emissions and fuel consumption of these highly advanced aircraft.
“Together, these talented teams will open new markets with transformative technologies,” Greg Hyslop, CTO and Sr. Vice President of Boeing Engineering, Test & Technology stated (http://bit.ly/2g6sMRN). The newly purchased entity will be called “Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company” and will be allowed to retain their own operating model located under the engineering division as a subsidiary of Boeing.
“As an integral part of Boeing, our pioneered technologies of long-endurance aircraft, robotic co-pilots, and autonomous electric VTOLs will be transitioned into world-class products for the global infrastructure,” Aurora’s founder and CEO, John Langford added. http://bit.ly/2g6sMRN
This is not Boeing’s first attempt to innovate the aerospace industry. A Boeing-backed project with Zunum Aero is looking to begin sales of a hybrid-electric aircraft by 2022. This revolutionary aircraft is planned to utilize a 1-megawatt hybrid-electric propulsion system along with a 500-kilowatt turbogenerator which will burn jet fuel to charge a battery system. It is just another example how Boeing continues to push the boundaries of what people thought was possible.
All of this adds up to a dramatic shift in aerospace manufacturing. Manufacturers that wish to continue dealing with companies such as Boeing must watch these developments closely. Understanding the new direction these companies are taking could offer manufacturing operations a better chance to prepare for the future of aerospace manufacturing. It’s exciting to see where the industry is heading but only one thing is for sure, the aerospace industry will continue to utilize the latest technology to bring their business to new heights.