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Weight Optimized Mitigation to Direct Effects of Lightning Strike on a Missile Body

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-15-C-7131
Agency Tracking Number: B142-014-0119
Amount: $149,954.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA14-014
Solicitation Number: 2014.2
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-12-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-07-21
Small Business Information
72 Pearce Avenue
Tonawanda, NY 14150-6711
United States
DUNS: 964299853
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Terrence Vargo
 (716) 873-1199
Business Contact
 Terrence Vargo
Title: PMO
Phone: (716) 873-1199
Research Institution

While lightning protection has been applied to various small diameter composite missiles, large diameter composite missiles also require viable lightweight solutions for minimizing or eliminating direct lightning strike effects without significantly reducing battle space performance. For purposes of this proposal, our team will focus on the development of lightning strike protection surface skins (or appliques) fabricated from flexible, lightweight high temperature films, fabrics, metallic foils and adhesives. The proposed Lightning Strike Protective Applique (LSPA) system will be based on Arc-Root Dispersion technology and be readily adaptable to composite [e.g., Carbon Fiber Composite (CFC)], outer structures of relevant missile platforms with special focus on application to the composite motor case housings of the missile structure. Approved for Public Release 14-MDA-8047 (14 Nov 14)

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