Status Report

Hypersonic Propulsion Development and Testing

By SpaceRef Editor
July 6, 2005
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General Information

Document Type: Presolicitation Notice
Solicitation Number: NNL05107797R
Posted Date: Jul 01, 2005
Original Response Date: Aug 15, 2005
Current Response Date: Aug 15, 2005
Original Archive Date: Jul 01, 2006
Current Archive Date: Jul 01, 2006
Classification Code: A — Research & Development
Naics Code: 541710 — Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Langley Research Center, Mail Stop 144, Industry Assistance Office, Hampton, VA 23681-0001


NASA/LaRC has an on-going requirement for Scramjet Flow Path Technology Research. The scope of the proposed contract is to provide and maintain the capability for the design and fabrication of aero-propulsion test hardware, the operation and management of specialized test facilities, and the testing of hypersonic propulsion flow path concepts at duplicated flight Mach numbers from 4 to 20. The work under this contract will provide for: (1) the operation and application of shock-heated and comubstion-heated test facilities and supporting equipment to conduct test and evaluation of hypersonic aero-propulsion flow path research at conditions that duplicate flight across the atmosphere from static sea level to near orbital. Specifically, as part of this activity, is the operation and management of the Government Furnished Hypersonic Pulse Facility (HYPULSE) in either shock-expansion tunnel, or reflected-shock tunnel configurations. (2) The acquisition of facility and propulsion flow path data and the application of data processing tools to provide well defined test conditions and performance of test articles. These data include, but are not limited to visual and laser-based diagnostic techniques. (3) The conduct of hypervelocity aerodynamic and aerothermodynamic research in a shock-heated tunnel at test gas flows up to Mach 20 simulation. (4) The design and manufacture of research test hardware consisting of specialized aero-propulsion test facility components and engine flow path components. Key to the performance of this effort is NASA’s HYPULSE shock tunnel facility that can be operated as a shock-expansion tunnel that is unique among hypersonic test facilities in that it can deliver a hypervelocity air test gas flow which closely approximates the air encountred in flight at Mach numbers up to 20. In addition, other Government facilities and test hardware located at the contractor facility provide test capabilities that complement NASA facilities. Unique among these is the Flight-Accelleration Simulation Test (FAST) facility, which supports other NASA Center’s Advanced Reusable Transportation (ART) program. These apparatus have become integrated into the contractor infrastructure sharing air and propellant supplies, vacuum systems and electrical and data systems. The HYPULSE and FAST facilies are Government Furnished property pursuant to FAR Part 45. The proposed cost reimbursement contract is expected to use indefinite quantity requirements which will be specified by performance based task orders over a five year period of performance. The performance of certain requirements may be classified SECRET. NASA/LaRC intends to purchase the services from GASL Division of Alliant Techsystems (ATK-GASL) in Ronkonkoma, NY on a sole source basis under the authority of 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(2), Pursuant to FAR 6.302-1(a)(iii). The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. See Note 26. See note 22. Oral communications [are] acceptable in response to this notice. All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency. An Ombudsman has been appointed. See NASA Specific Note “B”. Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

Point of Contact

Sharon A Harper, Contracting Officer, Phone (757) 864-2474, Fax (757) 864-8467, Email

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