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Hypersonic Onboard Power and Thermal Management System Phase 2

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-21-P-0001
Agency Tracking Number: FX20A-TCSO1-0104
Amount: $499,992.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF20A-TCSO1
Solicitation Number: X20.A
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-10-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-01-14
Small Business Information
930 W Ely St
Alliance, OH 44601-1111
United States
DUNS: 117239978
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Ted Ohrn
 (330) 206-4839
Business Contact
 Roland Dixon
Phone: (978) 808-0825
Research Institution
 Tennessee Technological University
 Rory Roberts
1 William L. Jones Drive, Box 5164
Cookeville, TN 38505-0001
United States

 (513) 490-6373
 Nonprofit College or University

Hypersonic vehicles offer promise as a platform to support rapid response missions worldwide.  However, hypersonic vehicles lack the ability to produce onboard power with traditional generators due to their use of supersonic combusting ramjets, which do not have rotating shafts from which power can be extracted. Therefore, hypersonic vehicles lack significant electrical power production for supporting advanced electronics.  Hypersonic vehicles require extensive thermal management systems as well.  Special Power Sources and Tennessee Tech University are developing a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Hypersonic Power technology for onboard electrical power generation. Electric power production onboard hypersonic vehicles is challenging due to high heating loads at speeds > Mach 5 and the inability to produce electrical power via a generator. During the proposed phase 2, the team will complete objectives to progress the cell development and integrated thermal analysis to meet the hypersonic vehicle requirements. The development of the SOFC Hyperpower technology will also utilize commercial technology adapted for the application. The team including Raytheon Technologies, Lockheed Martin and Boeing has the experience and facilities to catalyze the development of the SOFC Hyperpower technology.  

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