RIF Parteners with Blueflite & Auburn University for USAF Contract for Unmanned EVTOL Drones


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Research in Flight’s partnered with Blueflite and Auburn University Vehicle Systems Dynamics and Design Laboratory (VSDDL) on a joint contract awarded by the United States Air Force as part of the AFWERX STTR activity, to develop an unmanned eVTOL cargo drone.

The BlueFlite principal investigators included Dr. James McClearen and Frank Knoppel. Auburn University partners are being led by Dr. Imon Chakraborty. The FlightStream principal investigators include Dr. Vivek Ahuja and Dr. Roy Hartfield. The Phase I activity was successfully accomplished in August 2021 and resulted in the conceptual design of the the new unmanned cargo vehicle. Blueflite is now spearheading the commercialization of this vehicle as part of their product portfolio.