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Electra.aero, Inc. (“Electra”) is pleased to announce that the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has recognized key Electra principals with two of their highest awards:
- John S. Langford to receive the 2023 AIAA Reed Aeronautics Award, the highest honor AIAA bestows for notable achievements in aeronautics
- Mark Drela elected as an AIAA Class of 2023 Honorary Fellow.
Langford and Drela have worked together for 45 years, since they first collaborated on the exploration of human-powered flight at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with the Chrysalis, Monarch, and Daedalus aircraft projects.
Langford currently leads Electra as its founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and was previously founder of Aurora Flight Sciences where he served as CEO from 1989-2019. Drela was a key contributor to many projects at Aurora and, along with John Hansman, originated the concept for the Electra eSTOL aircraft while at MIT. Langford and Drela are both members of the National Academy of Engineering, and both hold doctoral degrees from the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
The AIAA award cites Langford “For exemplary achievement as an outstanding aeronautical engineer, visionary leadership in the development of autonomous flight, and relentless advocacy of the future aerospace workforce.” The Reed Aeronautics Award is named after Dr. Sylvanus A. Reed, aeronautical engineer, designer, and founding member of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences in 1932.