An Innovative Approach to Integrated Thermal Protection Systems and Structures for Advanced Hypervelocity Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: F29601-01-C-0167
Agency Tracking Number: 01-0186
Amount: $64,948.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
620 Discovery Drive, Bldg I, Ste 100, Huntsville, AL, 35806
DUNS: 786272674
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bruce Moylan
 Engineering Pgm Mgr
 (256) 922-1141
Business Contact
 Wendy Wilson
Title: President
Phone: (256) 922-1141
Research Institution
Reusable launch vehicles currently being designed by the United States Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration require innovative structural components that are both light weight and able to withstand the severe thermal environmentsof reentry without time consuming and expensive refurbishment prior to the next flight. This project will investigate combining state-of-the-art thermal protection materials and advanced composite manufacturing techniques to produce a viable lightweightcandidate airframe that can survive severe reentry environments while enabling rapid turn around of the vehicle with minimal maintenance. While the primary focus of this investigation is on flight environments likely to be encountered by the USAF's SpaceManeuver Vehicle, the lessons learned in thermal protection system (TPS) fabrication, structural integration, weight reduction, maintainability, and producibility will be applicable across a wide range of military and commercial applications. Anassessment will be made of the potential for application of the integrated TPS technology developed to the needs of ballistic missile interceptor programs. In particular, an evaluation will be made of potential avenues toward supporting the ability offuture BMDO systems to address the need for more robust, lightweight ballistic missile interceptor airframes than current methods allow.More robust, lightweight airframes that can be economically manufactured for advanced hypervelocity vehicles. Theselight weight, low cost airframes will be capable of withstanding severe thermal environments without time consuming and expensive refurbishment prior to the next flight and are applicable to reusable launch vehicles and, potentially, to ballistic missileinterceptors that have all or part of their battlespace within the atmosphere.

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