Aurora Chosen for NASA Mars Scout Mission Study

Dec 10, 2002, 00:00 ET from Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

    MANASSAS, Va., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
 announced today that it is a member of the Aerial Regional-Scale Environmental
 Survey (ARES) team, whose proposal is one of four selected for Phase II of
 NASA's Mars Scout mission.  Aurora is the airframe provider for the ARES team,
 which is led by the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.  The
 ARES mission will use a small robotic aircraft to provide the first direct
 measurements of the near-surface chemistry of the Martian atmosphere.  These
 measurements will yield information critical to helping scientists understand
 the evolution, climate, and potential for life on Mars.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020710/DCW044LOGO )
     "Aurora is very pleased to be part of the NASA Langley team," said
 Aurora's president John Langford.  "Designing the first aircraft to fly in
 another planetary atmosphere is both an honor and a challenge."  This
 development represents another successful step in Aurora's leading-edge work
 to prepare robotic aircraft technology for scientific application on
 interplanetary missions.
     The MarsFlyer is a half-scale prototype of an aircraft that may one day be
 used to study Mars and its atmospheric environment.  The vehicle has been
 successfully proven in test flight at an altitude of almost 19 miles,
 confirming its ability to deploy its wings and tail and demonstrating its
 aerodynamic performance.  The test flight showed the readiness of robotic
 aircraft technology for planetary exploration.
     MarsFlyer is the subject vehicle of the Langley team's ARES proposal, one
 of four proposals judged to have the highest science value among those
 submitted in response to the Mars Scout 2002 Announcement of Opportunity.
 Building on its winning mission concept study and successful high-altitude
 demonstration, the team will receive up to $500,000 to conduct a six-month
 implementation feasibility study focused on cost, management, and technical
 plans.
 
     Aurora Flight Sciences is a leading supplier of unmanned air vehicle
 designs, components, and flight services for government, industry, and
 academia.  We operate facilities in West Virginia, Northern Virginia, and
 California.  We specialize in high-altitude UAVs, and are a major supplier of
 composite structures for the Global Hawk air vehicle.
 
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    MANASSAS, Va., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
 announced today that it is a member of the Aerial Regional-Scale Environmental
 Survey (ARES) team, whose proposal is one of four selected for Phase II of
 NASA's Mars Scout mission.  Aurora is the airframe provider for the ARES team,
 which is led by the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.  The
 ARES mission will use a small robotic aircraft to provide the first direct
 measurements of the near-surface chemistry of the Martian atmosphere.  These
 measurements will yield information critical to helping scientists understand
 the evolution, climate, and potential for life on Mars.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020710/DCW044LOGO )
     "Aurora is very pleased to be part of the NASA Langley team," said
 Aurora's president John Langford.  "Designing the first aircraft to fly in
 another planetary atmosphere is both an honor and a challenge."  This
 development represents another successful step in Aurora's leading-edge work
 to prepare robotic aircraft technology for scientific application on
 interplanetary missions.
     The MarsFlyer is a half-scale prototype of an aircraft that may one day be
 used to study Mars and its atmospheric environment.  The vehicle has been
 successfully proven in test flight at an altitude of almost 19 miles,
 confirming its ability to deploy its wings and tail and demonstrating its
 aerodynamic performance.  The test flight showed the readiness of robotic
 aircraft technology for planetary exploration.
     MarsFlyer is the subject vehicle of the Langley team's ARES proposal, one
 of four proposals judged to have the highest science value among those
 submitted in response to the Mars Scout 2002 Announcement of Opportunity.
 Building on its winning mission concept study and successful high-altitude
 demonstration, the team will receive up to $500,000 to conduct a six-month
 implementation feasibility study focused on cost, management, and technical
 plans.
 
     Aurora Flight Sciences is a leading supplier of unmanned air vehicle
 designs, components, and flight services for government, industry, and
 academia.  We operate facilities in West Virginia, Northern Virginia, and
 California.  We specialize in high-altitude UAVs, and are a major supplier of
 composite structures for the Global Hawk air vehicle.
 
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