The Multi-Service Advanced Capability Hypersonics Test Bed (MACH-TB)
The Multi-Service Advanced Capability Hypersonics Test Bed (MACH-TB) involved the government seeking proof of concept and prototype demonstration of modular Experimental Glide Body (EGB) testing hypersonic technologies/experimental payloads in operational trajectories using already available boosters.
The Department of the Navy (DoN) was seeking an experimentation project resulting in a proof of concept and prototype demonstration of modular Experimental Glide Body (EGB) testing hypersonic technologies/experimental payloads in operational trajectories using already available boosters.
The end state goal is to prototype a modular EGB that can accelerate technology and subsystem development and testing, design a modular software/hardware/interface test bed architecture, and leverage existing booster systems to enable the EGB to replicate operational or modified hypersonic trajectories.
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Traditionally, new technologies must wait for full scale hypersonic weapon system demonstration flight tests to demonstrate an operational Technology Readiness Level (TRL). However, the very few currently planned weapon system flight tests are very expensive, complex, and require long term planning, all of which drive a very low risk tolerance for “new” technologies. This traditional approach is inhibiting the rapid testing and transitioning of hypersonic technology improvements needed to remain responsive to the threat. The result is a growing backlog of capability improvements with very limited options to demonstrate technology or integration readiness. Exacerbating this problem is the fact ground testing capabilities can only provide limited ability to simulate flight transient environments on subscale components. The gap between Ground Test and Evaluation (T&E) and Weapon System Flight Tests and the growing backlog of capabilities form a hypersonic “valley of death” for new technologies. A new approach is needed.
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