DOD SBIR 24.2 Annual

Active
No
Status
Open
Release Date
April 17th, 2024
Open Date
May 15th, 2024
Due Date(s)
June 12th, 2024
Close Date
June 12th, 2024
Topic No.
SF242-D024

Topic

ICED-T – Innovative Cargo Exoatmospheric Delivery Technology

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2024

Summary

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for the SBIR 24.2 Annual solicitation. The specific topic of the solicitation is "ICED-T – Innovative Cargo Exoatmospheric Delivery Technology". The technology being solicited aims to enable the delivery of up to 100 tons of containerized cargo from exoatmospheric altitudes surviving earth re-entry. The AFRL Rocket Cargo Vanguard Program is developing technologies to deliver large payloads globally with speed, supporting global logistics and the USSF logistics mission sets. The goal is to demonstrate the ability to deliver up to 30 tons of cargo anywhere on the planet within tactical timelines. The technology being sought will support payload re-entry independent of the launch vehicle after reaching the desired orbit for separation. This includes the capability to decelerate large payloads to survive re-entry and deliver them intact to the desired location. The main deliverables of this project will be sub-scale experiments, tests, and demonstrations that advance the operational imperative. Phase I awards will not be made for this topic as it is a Direct-to-Phase-II (D2P2) topic. Phase II efforts will involve conducting sub-scale experiments and providing test articles for further test and demonstration. Phase III will focus on upgrading analysis, modeling and simulation, test and evaluation results, and providing mature prototypes of system concepts. The goal of Phase III is to transition technology and system concepts to commercial applications, expanding mission capability for both governmental and civilian users. The solicitation is open until June 12, 2024. For more information and to submit a proposal, visit the DOD SBIR website at [solicitation_agency_url].

Description

OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Advanced Materials; Sustainment & Logistics; Space Technology

 

The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130, which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services, including export of sensitive technical data, or the Export Administration Regulation (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730-774, which controls dual use items. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals (FNs), their country(ies) of origin, the type of visa or work permit possessed, and the statement of work (SOW) tasks intended for accomplishment by the FN(s) in accordance with the Announcement. Offerors are advised foreign nationals proposed to perform on this topic may be restricted due to the technical data under US Export Control Laws.

 

OBJECTIVE: This topic seeks to perform concept exploration, prototype development, sub-scale experiments, test and evaluation of technology that enables up to 100 tons of containerized cargo from exoatmospheric altitudes surviving earth re-entry.

 

DESCRIPTION: The AFRL Rocket Cargo Vanguard Program is developing technologies that can deliver large payloads (shipping container sized) around the globe with speed in support of global logistics and the USSF logistics mission sets. The Rocket Cargo Vanguard is responsible for leading a test campaign to enable up to 30 tons of cargo to be delivered anywhere on the planet within tactical timelines. The goal is to demonstrate this speed through integrated demonstrations with the DOD logistics train, including responsive mission planning, rapid cargo logistics and ground launch operations, and coordination with commercial airspace.

 

Launch vehicles are limited in down-mass capacity during earth re-entry which limits the overall mass of delivered payloads. The AFRL Rocket Cargo Vanguard Program seeks technologies which will support payload re-entry independent of the launch vehicle after the launch vehicle has reached the desired orbit for separation. Technology includes the capability to decelerate the large payloads to survive re-entry and delivery to desired location with cargo remaining intact.

The main deliverables will be sub-scale experiments, tests, and demonstrations that advance the operational imperative.

 

PHASE I: As this is a Direct-to-Phase-II (D2P2) topic, no Phase I awards will be made as a result of this topic. To qualify for this D2P2 topic, the Government expects the applicant(s) to demonstrate feasibility by means of a prior “Phase I-type” effort that does not constitute work undertaken as part of a prior or ongoing SBIR/STTR funding agreement. This includes determining, insofar as possible, the scientific and technical merit and feasibility of ideas appearing to have commercial potential. It must have validated the product-market fit between the proposed solution and a potential AF stakeholder. The offeror should have defined a clear, immediately actionable plan with the proposed solution and the AF customer. Relevant areas of demonstrated experience and success include: M&S, cost benefit analysis, risk analysis, concept development, concept demonstration and concept evaluation, laboratory experimentation and field testing.

Phase I type efforts should include the assessment of emerging operational imperatives and how they show a measurable value and operational impact. The result of Phase I type efforts is to assess and demonstrate whether commercial systems can support the furtherance of the operational imperatives.

 

Eligibility for a D2P2 award is predicated on the offeror having performed a “Phase I-type” effort predominantly separate from the SBIR/STTR Programs. These efforts will include M&S, simulation of prototype concepts, cost benefit analysis, system-of-systems studies, experimentation and evaluation of operational imperatives to enable future concepts. Prototypes, M&S and experimentation should explore a wide range of integrating commercial capabilities to support the operational imperatives. These capabilities should consider areas that are unique to military operations, logistics, mission planning, mission execution, base sustainment and logistics.

 

PHASE II: A goal is for Phase II efforts to conduct sub-scale experiments and provide test articles for further test and demonstration. Experiments should address military-unique requirements that may not be otherwise met by commercial capabilities.

 

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Phase III shall include upgrades to the analysis, M&S, T&E results and provide mature prototypes of system concepts. Phase III shall provide a business plan and address the ability to transition technology and system concepts to commercial applications. The adapted non-Defense commercial solutions shall provide expanded mission capability for a broad range of potential Governmental and civilian users and alternate mission applications. Integration and other technical support to operational users may be required.

 

REFERENCES:

Seong-Hyeon, P. * "Re-entry analysis of critical components and materials for design-for-demise techniques", ScienceDirect, 2021;

 

KEYWORDS: Heat Shield; thermal protection systems; high temperature materials; re-entry

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