WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVA) – Aurora Flight Sciences has been awarded a $48 million Air Force contract to continue the development of Orion unmanned aircraft in Columbus.
Orion aircraft is a twin-engine high-performance Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) that can stay aloft for more than 100 hours at a time with payloads in excess of 1,000 pounds.
In December 2014, the Orion established the current UAS world endurance record with an 80-hour, 2-minute and 52-second flight.
The new contract funds the development of a certified version of Orion that will be suitable for deployment anywhere in the world.
In addition to Columbus, work will be performed in Virginia.