in ,

Aurora Flight Sciences to Continue X-Plane Devt for NASA

Aurora Flight Sciences to Continue X-Plane Devt for NASA - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Aurora Flight Sciences to Continue X-Plane Devt for NASA - top government contractors - best government contracting eventAurora Flight Sciences has received a 12-month contract to further develop a subsonic aircraft technology as part of a NASA program that aims to increase fuel and operational efficiency and reduce noise of commercial planes.

The company said Tuesday it will continue to work with Pratt & Whitney and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to advance the D8 X-Plane concept through NASA’s New Aviation Horizons X-Plane Initiative.

The team aims to design a transonic wind tunnel test for Xd8 aerodynamics, a transonic Boundary Layer Ingesting fan test for the BLI propulsion system and a large-scale test article for the complex propulsion-airframe structure.

Aurora derived its D8 commercial aircraft concept from the company’s previous work under the space agency’s N+3 Program.

D8 underwent two wind tunnel test campaigns and XD8 completed system requirements and concept design assessments, the company noted.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded Aurora an $89.4 million contract in March last year to help DARPA develop an unmanned vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft under the VTOL X-Plane program.

ExecutiveBiz Logo

Sign Up Now! ExecutiveBiz provides you with Daily Updates and News Briefings about Industry News

mm

Written by Joanna Crews

Evan Scott Receives ExecutiveBiz's 2017 Top 10 GovCon Executive Recruiter Award - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Evan Scott Receives ExecutiveBiz’s 2017 Top 10 GovCon Executive Recruiter Award
Mark HuYoung Receives ExecutiveBiz's 2017 Top 10 GovCon Executive Recruiter Award - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Mark HuYoung Receives ExecutiveBiz’s 2017 Top 10 GovCon Executive Recruiter Award