Aurora Flight Sciences of West Virginia

Aerospace manufacturing company, specializing in UAV production, composite, sheet-metal fabrication and assembly, metals machining (3- and 5-axis), tooling design and fabrication. ISO 9001:2000-, AS-9100-certified, Nadcap accreditations: quality systems, composites, chemical processing, heat treating, welding and NDI.

3000 E Benedum Industrial Dr.
Bridgeport, WV 26330 US

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Aurora Flight Sciences expands headquarters and opens new Aerospace and Autonomy Center at MIT
Independent Boeing subsidiary will add robotics and integration facility in Manassas, VA and lease 100,000 ft2 in new MIT building.

More companies join NASA’s Advanced Composites Consortium
The project’s goal is to reduce product development and certification timelines by 30 percent for composite aircraft.

3D printed composite parts provide solution for UAV
New technology uses long carbon fibers to boost strength and stiffness for small yet high-performance aircraft.

Cost-effective aerocomposites: Dry fiber AFP and resin infusion
Aurora Flight Sciences and NONA Composites aim to improve toughness, repeatable aerospace quality and affordability for large-scale NASA structures.

3D-printed fixtures & jigs
Holding fixtures, jigs, trim tools and metal-forming dies can be expensive elements of post-mold composite part processing and assembly. Additive manufacturing, therefore, is proving especially useful in reducing the design/build time/cost in this area.

A growing trend: 3D printing of aerospace tooling
Toolmakers and OEMs are embracing additive manufacturing for customized, rapid tools, masters and jigs.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. starts final assembly of second aircraft
Sikorsky is on track to complete final assembly and test flights of the second RAIDER prototype in 2015, followed by demonstration flights beginning in 2016.

Aurora Flight Sciences awarded contract for SolarEagle UAV
Aurora will design and fabricate the ribs and skins for the 400-ft long wing and the solar collection panels on Boeing's SolarEagle unmanned aircraft.

Aurora Flight Sciences invests in fiber placement technology
Aurora Flight Sciences will install an Electroimpact automated fiber placement machine at its Columbus, Miss., facilty sometime in 2012.

Aeroindustryjobs: Jobs of the week, Oct. 25, 2011
Aerospace job opportunities from Aeroindustryjobs.com at Universit of Delaware, EnCore Composite Structures Inc., ITT Integrated Sutructures, Aurora Flight Sciences and Pratt & Whitney.

First Global Hawk UAS arrives at new home in North Dakota
Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota will become the second home base of the composites-intensive RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

Aurora Flight Sciences delivers CH-53K composite rotor pylon
Aurora Flight Sciences delivered the main rotor pylon for the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter to customer Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

Performance requirements: CAI vs. OHC
John Russell, who manages nonautoclave research programs for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio), recently threw down the gauntlet at the Fall SAMPE conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: “Give us a 25 percent improvement in notch properties with no microcracking in high-modulus fibers.” While OOA prepreg suppliers can’t do much about fiber microcracking, Advanced Composites Group (ACG, Tulsa, Okla.)  already has announced that its XMTM47 material will be commercial by next year, designed for 120°C/248°F service with the increased notched performance requested.

Out-of-autoclave prepregs: Hype or revolution?
Oven-cured, vacuum-bagged prepregs show promise in production primary structures.

Product Categories of Aurora Flight Sciences of West Virginia

Fabricating services
  • Thermoset materials
    • Adhesive bonding
    • Autoclave cure
    • Coating and painting
    • Cutting, finishing, and machining
    • Hand layup
    • Honeycomb structures
    • Metal bonding
    • Welding and sealing
Composite Structures & Components
  • Aerospace, flight control surfaces
  • Aerospace, fuselage/wing
  • Carbon/carbon composites
  • Ceramic matrix composites
  • Laminate panels, with core
  • Laminate sheets, solid
  • Other composite structures
Design, testing, consulting, other services
  • CAD/CAM/CAE design
  • Consulting
    • Consulting, other