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Aurora Swiss Aerospace GmbH is a Luzern-based research and prototype engineering company, specializing in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).  Over 80 employees work in the areas of lightweight structures and autonomous systems.  The company also provides local support to the Swiss military procurement agency (armasuisse) for the Aurora Centaur Optionally-Piloted Aircraft (OPA) “R-711”, operated by armasuisse as an UAS technology testbed. 

Aurora Swiss Aerospace (ASA) started in Luzern in 2013; since 2017 Aurora Swiss Aerospace (along with parent company Aurora Flight Sciences), is a subsidiary of The Boeing Company.

Aurora Swiss Aerospace can draw on the nearly 30 years of experience that Aurora has in the development, design, manufacturing, operations, and support of advanced UAS systems. 


Porsche and Boeing to Partner on Premium Urban Air Mobility Market

In October 2019, Porsche and Boeing signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the premium urban air mobility market and the extension of urban traffic into airspace. With this partnership, both companies will leverage their unique market strengths and insights to study the future of premium urban air mobility vehicles.

Boeing, Porsche, Aurora Swiss Aerospace and Aurora Flight Sciences, subsidiaries of Boeing, are developing a concept for a fully electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle. Engineers from both companies, as well as Porsche subsidiaries Porsche Engineering Services GmbH and Studio F.A. Porsche, will implement and test a prototype.

OTHER RECENT NEWS:  Aurora Passenger Air Vehicle achieves first flight!

On January 22, 2019, Aurora Flight Science's Passenger Air Vehicle (PAV) made its first flight at Aurora's main site in Manassas, Virginia, USA.  The majority of the PAV airframe was designed by the Structures Engineering team at Aurora Swiss Aerospace in Luzern!  The PAV continues flight test operations with our colleagues in the United States.

PAV is an eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft or air taxi.  The PAV prototype provides a solution to the transportation challenges of the future while integrating into today’s current transportation systems.  PAV is able to autonomously transport passengers, plan routes, respond to contingencies, and detect and avoid unexpected obstacles. To navigate complex and busy urban environments, the aircraft is designed to operate with a vertiport system which will safely and quickly board and exit passengers.

For more information on the Aurora PAV, please see:  PAV

OTHER RECENT NEWS:  Aurora Swiss Aerospace played the lead role in the development of the airframe structure for Aurora's Odysseus high altitude solar aircraft.  The Odysseus aircraft is designed to fly with virtually unlimited duration, powered by the sun.  The wingspan of the aircraft is over 70 meters, which challenged the engineers of Aurora Swiss Aerospace to design a lightweight and innovative structure.   More information:  Odysseus