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Low Cost, Domestically Sourced SiC Ceramic Fibers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9300-07-M-3002
Agency Tracking Number: F071-205-0198
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-205
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-06-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-03-14
Small Business Information
31304 Via Colinas, Suite 102
Westlake Village, CA 91362
United States
DUNS: 869308346
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Edward A. Pope
 (818) 991-8500
Business Contact
 Edward Pope
Title: President
Phone: (818) 991-8500
Research Institution

In this Air Force Phase I SBIR proposal, MATECH/GSM proposes to develop a manufacturing process for the production of low-cost stoichiometric SiC fibers for use in advanced missile components. The objectives of this proposal are to develop a manufacturing base for low cost, high volume, entirely domestically sourced stoichiometric SiC ceramic fibers—much needed by the defense community. This AF SBIR Phase I program is supported by key missile system contractor Pratt & Whitney. This program is also supported by Hitco Carbon Composites, who manufactures rocket motor nozzles, re-entry ablatives, and high temperature structural insulators for missile systems. In addition, this program will benefit from the direct participation (as a sub-contractor) of KiON Defense Technologies (KDT), a large-scale domestic manufacturer of polysilazane preceramic polymers. KDT is already MATECH/GSM’s domestic OEM manufacturer of custom polysilazanes for SiNC ceramic fiber. COI Ceramics, the U. S. Distributor for NCK’s Nicalon family of SiC fibers and manufacturer of Sylramic, will participate in a Phase II program, if awarded.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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