Last week GENIUS NY teams met and networked with John Tylko, Chief Innovation Officer of Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation. John spent the day with the teams talking about his experience in the industry and met one-on-one to learn more about their businesses and to help connect them with industry partners.
John presented his long track record of achievements starting with his time at General Electric, where he developed the first composite structural assemblies for aircraft engines. He also co-founded General Computer Company in 1981, which developed consumer products like Ms. Pac-Man and Apple Macintosh’s first internal disc drive.
In 1989, John helped start Aurora Flight Sciences. Today, Aurora is a leader in the development and manufacturing of unmanned aerial systems. Aurora’s innovative and industry leading concepts and designs have paved way for the advancement of unmanned systems in commercial, military, and the aerospace sectors. Some of these projects include a eVTOL vehicle capable of vertical take-off for passengers and cargo in urban environments, and a solar powered aircraft capable of flight for five continuous years.
Aurora’s initiatives have not gone unnoticed as they have recently signed a $499 million deal with the Air Force. More recently, Boeing has begun an acquisition of Aurora to advance autonomous technology capabilities.