RadHard-Morphing-Sensing SuperSkins for Interceptor Kill Vehicles with Enhanced Lethality

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-09-C-7108
Agency Tracking Number: B083-003-0304
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA08-003
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
NanoSonic, Inc.
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, 24068
DUNS: 008963758
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 J. Lalli
 VP of Business Development
 (540) 953-1785
Business Contact
 Lisa Lawson
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (540) 953-1785
Email: llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institution
NanoSonic has recently developed nanostructured, large area (3’ x 10’) Shape Memory Metal Rubber™ (SM-MR™), a highly flexible, shielding, morphing ballistic defense missile super skin. NanoSonic would develop advanced synergistic morphing-sensing-shielding materials for interceptor kill vehicle structures and as key enablers for state-of-the-art adaptive UAV, missile and munitions airframes, corresponding adaptive flight control systems, and deployable space structures. Next generation adaptive missiles and munitions demand multifunctional materials that do not currently exist; which must simultaneously enable highly compact, stowable and morphing wings, with built-in sensing of stress, strain, skin surface shear stress, and ambient static pressure. NanoSonic’s multifunctional SM-MR™ and negative index Meta-Rubber™ shall ultimately result in structures that would enable sensing, optical and shielding technologies integrated into an advanced munitions super skin. The ultra-lightweight (< 0.99 g/cc) wide service temperature range (-75ºC to 450ºC) deployable wings would result in exoatmosphere KVs with significantly enhanced speed and agility for enhanced lethality. The integral sensors would concurrently monitor dynamic operational environmental conditions such as temperature, acoustic levels, maneuvering shock and vibration loads for on-the-fly reconfiguration. SM-MR™ wireless sensing super skins shall be demonstrated in simulated KV environments (HAENS level 2 and wind tunnel) during Phase I to reach TRL 6.

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