BAA HR001119S0022 DARPA DSO Presolicitation: Materials, Architectures and Characterization for Hypersonics (MACH)

The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of high performance leading edges for hypersonic air platforms. The Materials Architectures and Characterization for Hypersonics (MACH) program seeks to demonstrate new thermal based design and material solutions for sharp, shape-stable leading edges for hypersonic vehicles.

The Materials Architectures and Characterization for Hypersonics (MACH) program will develop a new class of thermally-managed, shape-stable, sharp leading edge solutions for high lift-to-drag ratio hypersonic air vehicles that are capable of operating at high heat fluxes. These architected, thermally-managed non-eroding leading edges will enhance hypersonic operational capability, e.g. enable future platforms to fly faster and farther. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice without significant added cooling, including enhancements to composites composed principally of C-C (e.g. utilizing coatings to enable higher temperature operation), approaches that rely principally on ablation as a thermal management method (shape change is not acceptable), and techniques for enhancing heat transfer solely through solid conduction (e.g. utilizing highly conductive materials in C-C to increase emissive heat rejection).

Solicitation Number: HR001119S0022

Submission Deadlines (all times listed are Eastern Time):

  • Abstract Due Date: February 11, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
  • FAQ Submission Deadline: April 1, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
  • Full Proposal Due Date: April 11, 2019, 4:00 p.m.

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