Aerospace & Aviation Firm Electra Opens at Manassas Regional Airport
Manassas Economic Development
City of Manassas Economic Development Department
Electra, a hybrid-electric aerospace company, has opened a new research and development facility in the City of Manassas. Earlier this year, Electra leased a recently built 18,000 square-foot hangar at the Manassas Regional Airport, which will serve as the company’s assembly and testing facility. The company, led by founder and former CEO of Manassas-based Aurora Flight Sciences John Langford, is bringing 10 new jobs to the City in addition to a number of internship positions.
Electra is developing a hybrid-electric short-takeoff-and-landing (or eSTOL) aircraft to advance urban and regional air mobility beyond ground transportation. Electra’s aircraft leverage distributed hybrid-electric propulsion and blown lift to reduce the space and energy needed at takeoff, with various models carrying up to 40 passengers that need as little as 100 feet for a runway. These innovative planes fly quieter, further, and more affordably than existing aircraft and offer a unique hope for decarbonized air travel in the future.
Electra joins a growing cluster of high-tech aerospace companies located at the Manassas Regional Airport – Virginia’s largest and busiest general aviation airport. With two fixed-base operators, an FAA control tower, available hangar space, access to U.S. customs, and more than 25 aviation-related businesses on site, Manassas Regional Airport is a center for advanced aviation and aerospace.
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