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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$64,948.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F29601-01-C-0167
Award Id:
53105
Agency Tracking Number:
01-0186
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
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
786272674
Principal Investigator:
Bruce Moylan
Engineering Pgm Mgr
(256) 922-1141
bmoylan@aerothermo.com
Business Contact:
Wendy Wilson
President
(256) 922-1141
wwilson@aerothermo.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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