Boeing has announced it is buying a tech company which pioneers autonomous systems for aircraft.

The acquisition of Virginia-headquartered Aurora Flight Sciences – Boeing tweeted – will allow it to “accelerate the development of autonomy tech for innovative aerospace vehicles”.

Aurora is an exciting company working in this field. We reported last year that it was developing tech to enable conventional aircrafts to carry out unmanned cargo deliveries. And now its expertise and 500 plus employees will be supported by the corporate might of Boeing.

“Since its inception, Aurora has been focused on the development of innovative aircraft that leverage autonomy to make aircraft smarter,” explained John Langford, Aurora founder and chief executive officer. “As an integral part of Boeing, our pioneered technologies of long-endurance aircraft, robotic co-pilots, and autonomous electric VTOLs will be transitioned into world-class products for the global infrastructure.”