Boeing Plans Autonomous Flight Research Center


Boeing has announced plans to open a research and development facility at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) new mixed-use district in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Boeing Aerospace & Autonomy Center will provide space for Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences, along with Boeing employees. According to Boeing, the work at the facility “will focus on designing, building and flying autonomous aircraft and developing enabling technologies.”

“Boeing is leading the development of new autonomous vehicles and future transportation systems that will bring flight closer to home,” said Boeing chief technology officer Greg Hyslop. “By investing in this new research facility, we are creating a hub where our engineers can collaborate with other Boeing engineers and research partners around the world and leverage the Cambridge innovation ecosystem.” Center employees will also help develop new technologies for programs that are part Boeing’s recently announced NeXt division.

Boeing will lease 100,000 square feet of research and lab space inside a new 17-floor building for the Center. The building is being constructed as part of MIT’s Kendall Square Initiative, a plan that involves the university developing a total of six buildings that will provide space for research labs, offices, housing and retail. There is already an Aurora Flight Sciences research and development facility located at Kendall Square, but Aurora employees will move to the Boeing Aerospace & Autonomy Center once construction is finished.