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Tilt-Nose Control System Development for High-Speed Stratospheric Interceptors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0860-20-C-7135
Agency Tracking Number: B2-2929
Amount: $1,002,805.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA18-T002
Solicitation Number: 18.C
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-05-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-05-25
Small Business Information
13290 Evening Creek Drive South
San Diego, CA 92128
United States
DUNS: 133709001
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Schoneman
 Project Engineer
 (256) 850-3854
Business Contact
 Joshua Davis
Phone: (858) 480-2028
Research Institution
 Sandia National Laboratories
 Eric P. Miller Eric P. Miller
P.O. Box 5800
Albuquerque, NM 87185
United States

 (505) 844-0010
 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)

Recent advances in the hypersonic system capabilities of adversary nations threaten the battlespace supremacy of US forces. Missile defense systems capable of extended high-g maneuvering at stratospheric altitudes and hypersonic Mach numbers will provide the MDA with additional flexibility in defending the US against emerging hypersonic threats. A key enabling technology for the deployment of such interceptors is a novel control system able to avoid the drag, aeroheating, and performance penalties associated with fin-based control at extreme Mach numbers. ATA Engineering’s research in Phase I examined four promising concepts employing conformal control mechanisms to achieve high-g maneuverability. The study indicated superior performance of a tilt-nose control (TNC) system to provide the high control effectiveness and excellent drag characteristics required for high-speed stratospheric intercept. ATA proposes a Phase II STTR project focused on technology maturation, risk reduction, and performance verification of the TNC system. Details of tilt-nose integration and design will be addressed and system integration risks will be studied and mitigated. The program will culminate in a hypersonic wind tunnel test at Mach 5, 8, and 14, resulting in a test-verified aerodynamics model to support continuing development and flight testing of the tilt-nose technology during Phase III activities. Approved for Public Release | 20-MDA-10398 (2 Mar 20)

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