United States of America
- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
- Force Application and Launch from the CONtinental US
- Other Transaction Agreement
US Air Force and DARPA awarded Lockheed-Martin a $8.4 million contract for Other
Transaction for prototypes Agreement (OTA) for the second phase of Task 2 of the
Falcon program. Task 2 refers to the hypersonic technology vehicle portion of
Lockheed-Martin heads a team made up of Lockheed Space Systems, Lockheed-Martin
Missiles and Fire Control, Aerojet, Pyrodyne Inc and Alliant Techsystems GASL.
This team will conduct a six-month Phase IIa preliminary design effort. At the
successful conclusion of Phase IIa, Lockheed-Martin will initiate the 30-month
Phase IIb completing detailed design, fabrication and flight test of an initial
hypersonic technology testbed vehicle. Lockheed-Martin could receive up to an
additional $97 million in funding for phase IIb.
The FALCON Task 2 program is aimed at developing and validating, in-flight,
hypersonic technologies. These technologies include durable high temperature
materials, thermal protection systems, advanced guidance, navigation and
control, efficient aerodynamic configurations, and innovative propulsion
concepts. The technologies developed in a spiral development fashion will lead
to multiple flight demonstrations in FALCON Phase III.
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