Batelle earns $46.3 million contract to support composites manufacturing
The seven-year contract will help the U.S. DoD support the rapid maturation and integration of manufacturing innovations to produce thermal protection materials and carbon fiber.
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It was reported on Nov. 16 that Battelle (Columbus, Ohio, U.S.) has won a potential seven-year, $46.3 million contract to help the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) support the manufacture of thermal protection materials (TPS) that can withstand extreme hypersonic environments.
Under the DoD, the Manufacturing of Carbon/Carbon Composites for Hypersonic Applications (MOC3HA) initiative seeks to rapidly mature and integrate manufacturing innovations that will accelerate the production of carbon fiber/carbon fiber composites.
The Air Force Research Laboratory received five bids for the Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract and will obligate $6.3 million in fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds at the time of award. Further, Battelle has made key investments including a $1 million capital investment to establish an R&D-scale, high-temperature composite development laboratory focused on improving performance and manufacturability for advanced TPS.
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