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Load Bearing Thermal Protection Structure for Hypersonic Flight

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: 140D6319C0002
Agency Tracking Number: D2-2143
Amount: $1,509,738.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB171-013
Solicitation Number: 17.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-12-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-07-12
Small Business Information
4030 Spencer St, Suite 108
Torrance, CA 90503
United States
DUNS: 106823607
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Shiv Joshi
 (310) 626-8360
Business Contact
 Zoltan Feher
Phone: (310) 626-8384
Research Institution

NextGen Aeronautics is proposing to develop and demonstrate a lightweight, low cost, load bearing, thermally protective and high temperature survivable structure for hypersonic flight. Our technical approach is based on advancing the work performed under legacy programs and Phase I to a higher maturity level. Creating a single structural element with inherent insulating properties provides significant weight and space savings over current practices of utilizing hot structure and a separate thermal protection system (TPS). Very high temperature survivable hot structures are prohibitively expensive and weigh more than equivalent structures for low temperature use. NextGen has proposed an innovative structural solution that has a current TRL (after Phase 1) of 4-5. Besides being capable of fulfilling requirements for future hypersonic vehicle designs, the manufacturing cost for proposed structural parts will be significantly lower while improving desirable thermomechanical properties. The processes to ensure manufacturability, producibility, and quality are in place and are sufficient to produce a technology demonstrator. The sandwich structure is relatively easy to mechanically fasten to a structural frame because the cold side faceplate is at lower temperature at which thermal mismatch is not a prominent challenge. NextGen plans to test the technology on hypersonic vehicle in Phase II option.

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