Rapdidflight, an unmanned aircraft systems company, will invest $5.5 million to establish its systems design and manufacturing operations in Manassas.
The company’s 25,000-square-foot facility sits at 9617 Center Street in Manassas, at the former home of the Georator Corporation, where it will create 119 new jobs over the next three years.
“RapidFlight locating in Manassas further cements our city’s position as a leader in the design and production of unmanned air systems,” said Mayor Michelle Davis-Younger. “Our skilled workforce, industry-leading companies, and community assets all combine to make Manassas a world-class destination for businesses and residents alike.”
The company chose Manassas for its talent pool because of the city’s efforts to connect employers with job seekers. The city is also home to Aurora Flights Sciences, a company founded in the city and later acquired by Boeing, which also focuses on unmanned flight systems.
“Virginia is uniquely positioned to lead the unmanned systems industry, and RapidFlight is on the cutting edge of developments in this innovative technology sector. We look forward to supporting the company’s growth in the City of Manassas,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin (R). “Since day one we’ve declared that Virginia is open for business, and businesses such as RapidFlight is a prime example of the success and growth that businesses can achieve in the Commonwealth.”
RapidFlight’s new headquarters in Manassas also places the company near Manassas Regional Airport (HEF), the busiest small airport in Virginia.
“Thanks to its central location on the East Coast, we can readily work face-to-face with our government customers while also leveraging Virginia’s Unmanned Systems’ infrastructure to conduct operations and test our systems, rapidly delivering new capabilities to our Nation, says Dr . Jay Gundach, Ph.D., RapidFlight’s Chief Executive Officer.
“RapidFlight will renovate the former Georator building, which the company abandoned about a year ago, to be the headquarters of their unmanned aircraft system design and manufacturing operation. This will offer the company’s growing workforce a combination of ease of accessibility and nearby amenities, including Historic Downtown Manassas.
The company seeks engineers, manufacturing technicians, program managers, administrative staff, and other unmanned aircraft systems positions.
RapidFlight is an integrated unmanned aircraft system design and production firm. Founded by aircraft systems expert John “Jay” Gundlach, Ph.D., RapidFlight’s high-performance systems are designed to meet evolving national security and private sector demands of the United States and its allies.
The company takes an agile approach to flight system design, aggressively responding to mission requirements and dramatically reducing the time from concept to mission through Additive Manufacturing (AM), advanced avionics, and innovative propulsion systems.