Innovative Manufacturing Processes - THAAD Midbody & Booster TPS Fabrication

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N00178-04-C-3036
Agency Tracking Number: 01-0216
Amount: $747,817.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2001
Solicitation Topic Code: BMDO01-004
Solicitation Number: 2001.1
Small Business Information
5 Morin Street, Biddeford, ME, 04005
DUNS: 048268890
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Martin
 Manager, Program Mgt. Div
 (207) 282-5911
Business Contact
 David Audie
Title: Sr. Contracts Administrat
Phone: (207) 282-5911
Research Institution
Fiber Materials, Inc. (FMI), in partnership with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (LMSSC), proposes to develop innovative, reduced weight and cost, thermal protection systems for the THAAD mid-body and booster based on the placed fiber fabrication process. Placed fiber is a manufacturing process in which fiber and resin is sprayed to form a material that can substitute for a prepregged cloth, thereby eliminating the fabrication steps required to weave the cloth and coat the cloth with the prepreg resin. The placed fiber process has been demonstrated to produce carbon phenolic and quartz phenolic tape configurations. Carbon phenolic placed fiber tape materials have been utilized to construct simulated Trident reentry body heat shields that have been arc-jet tested with satisfactory results. In this proposal, FMI recommends further developing the placed fiber process for application to the light weight THAAD silica phenolic mid-body and booster thermal protection system and to investigate the ability of the placed fiber process to incorporate lightning and electromagnetic interference (EMI) protection.

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