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Out-of-Autoclave Composite Manufacturing of Missile Structures with Carbon Foam…

Award Information

Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA 04-111
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd.
WV 1142 Middle Creek Road Triadelphia, WV 26059-1139
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Out-of-Autoclave Composite Manufacturing of Missile Structures with Carbon Foam Tooling
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ0006-10-C-7280
Award Amount: $999,998.00


The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has identified a need to reduce weight and improve manufacturability to insure cost effectiveness for structural components of its missile interceptors. Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd. (Touchstone) and San Diego Composites (SDC) have teamed to combine their respective tooling and composite materials technologies to achieve this goal. Touchstone has developed a carbon foam (CFOAMr) tooling system, which can be electrically heated and which would enable out-of-autoclave manufacturing of composite structures. San Diego Composites (SDC) has developed high-temperature composite material technology for missile interceptor applications under numerous MDA SBIR programs. Combining these two technologies is the basis for the proposed effort and, if successful, will result in missile components with lower weight and cost to manufacture than the metallic baseline hardware. The opportunity to demonstrate the tooling and materials technology will be for the Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) interceptor program that is part of the Navy-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System and that is manufactured by Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS). The specific identified application is the Guidance Section (GS) Housing of the SM-3 Block 2A missile that is currently under development.

Principal Investigator:

Jesse Blacker
Program Manager

Business Contact:

Brian Joseph
President, COO
Small Business Information at Submission:

Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd.
The Millennium Centre 1142 Middle Creek Road Triadelphia, WV 26059

EIN/Tax ID: 550640717
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No