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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$734,551.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
F2960103C0073
Agency Tracking Number:
01-0186
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
AERO THERMO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
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
Principal Investigator
(256) 922-1141
bmoylan@aerothermo.com
Business Contact:
Wendy Wilson
President
(256) 922-1141
wwilson@aerothermo.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The thermal protection system (TPS) community is in critical need of a newdesign paradigm if the vision of low maintenance, high sortie rate spacevehicles is to be realized. A revolutionary change is needed in the TPSdesign approach and in the use of innovative materials that can survive longdurations in an extreme heating environment without significant ablation.Low erosion, low conductivity materials which require little or nomaintenance between flights, coupled with an integrated hot structure designwhich eliminates bond lines and the substructure, are critical enablingtechnologies needed to make the objectives of the U.S. Air Force's SpaceManeuver Vehicle (SMV), or any other reusable space vehicle, obtainable.During a recently completed SBIR Phase I effort conducted for the BallisticMissile Defense Organization and sponsored by the Air Force ResearchLaboratory, AT2 developed a revolutionary TPS design that will virtuallyeliminate refurbishment between flights while providing a 40 to 50 percentreduction in weight over the most advanced lightweight designs currentlyenvisioned. This proposal offers an avenue to further develop the TPSdesign for potential application to the USAF SMV, NASA's next generationSpace Shuttle, and advanced missile defense interceptors designed to operatewithin the atmosphere.

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