Provided by City of Manassas Economic Development
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.