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Ultrahigh Temperature Materials for Missile Defense Propulsion and Aerothermal…

Award Information

Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA 09T002
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Exothermics, Inc.
14 Columbia Drive Amherst, NH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Ultrahigh Temperature Materials for Missile Defense Propulsion and Aerothermal Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ0006-10-C-7388
Award Amount: $99,001.00


This proposal addresses the requirement to significantly improve the affordability, maintainability and performance of KKV DACS components. Exothermics and their Phase 1 partner Southern Research Institute will endeavor to increase the performance, lower the cost and enhance the technical property characteristics of SDACS and hypersonic components by examining the use of a new class of ultrahigh temperature capable materials based on the concept of hafnium alloy coating of C/SiC substrates. The coatings will be applied to the substrates by directed magnetron sputter deposition methods, and, once optimized, these methods and materials will offer outstanding possibilities for fabricating SDACS components such as hot gas valves and hypersonic nosetips having superior technical properties at much reduced cost relative to rhenium, the present material of choice for SDACS hardware. Phase 1 development efforts will focus on producing limited numbers of test articles for simulated SDACS propellant testing at ATK-Elkton in Elkton, MD, and for thermomechanical properties characterization at Southern Research Institute (SoRI) in Birgmingham, AL.

Principal Investigator:

Stephen G. Dipietro

Business Contact:

Claire Augustus
Small Business Information at Submission:

Exothermics, Inc.
60 Route 101A Amherst, NH 03031

EIN/Tax ID: 020492807
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
757 Tom Martin Drive
Birmingham, AL 35211
Contact: Jack Spain
Contact Phone: 2055812371