Aurora Flight Sciences was a design-build effort to expand the existing Golden Triangle Regional Airport
facility in Columbus, Mississippi. The overall facility renovation is an addition of over 62,000 square
feet. The expansion includes additional hangar space for Aurora’s development of a new unmanned
aerial cargo plane (UAV), as well as additional space for administrative offices, warehouse space and
composite lay-up and oven space. The hangar space additions include an additional 24,750 square feet,
featuring a 255’ clear span bi-parting door. The other facility additions include a total of 38,000 square feet.
Aurora’s Aerostructures Group specializes in design, build-to-print and rapid prototyping of airframes fabricated from advanced composite and metallic materials. Their mission is to provide the best value and total solution for integrated aerostructures assemblies and components. They work closely with customers’ engineers to address material, process and production capability issues. This project necessitated a close working relationship between Aurora’s engineers and the JBHM team to fully
understand and integrate these highly technical processes into the design and function of their new space. Aurora’s Aerostructures manufacturing capability resides primarily only in two locations: Bridgeport, West Virginia and Columbus, Mississippi. This is where the Aurora Aerostructures team provides expertise in both composite and metal manufacturing.