Multi-Service Advanced Capability Hypersonics Test Bed (MACH-TB)

S²MARTS Project No. 22-12

NOTABLE DATES

Solutions Due: 20 June 2022 at 12:00 PM ET

Questions Due: 8 June 2022 at 12:00 PM ET

RFS Release: 26 May 2022 at 4:00 PM ET

Coming Soon Notice: 9 May 2022 at 12:00 PM ET

Innovator NETWORX: 19 May 2022 at 1:00 PM ET


RFS RELEASE

The Government has released the RFS (Request for Solutions) for the MACH-TB effort, project 22-12. Please find the RFS and its accompanying attachments below.

MACH-TB Final RFS: S2MARTS 2212 RFS MACH-TB


INNOVATOR NETWORX (MEMBERS ONLY)

Thursday, May 19, 2022

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Join your fellow NSTXL innovators for this event, introduce your organization and its capabilities, and learn what others are doing in support of this opportunity.

This Members-only virtual teaming program facilitates discussions about how participants can contribute to a team through member capabilities. Participants are encouraged to continue the conversation after the event by joining the opportunity teaming board on NSTXL Community.


OPPORTUNITY OVERVIEW

The Department of the Navy (DoN) is 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 purpose of this effort 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.

The MACH-TB will affordably demonstrate and transition advanced capabilities to meet warfighting requirements.

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.

Partnership among national and Department of Defense (DoD) laboratories, academia, small businesses, non-traditional defense companies and industry will help develop and demonstrate capabilities in hypersonic glide vehicle key focus areas, including alternate navigation, sensors and communication, lethality, survivability, and technology miniaturization. These technologies will be given a path to be iteratively incorporated into existing hypersonic weapon systems across the DoD.

The MACH-TB Other Transaction Authority (OTA) prototype project is anticipated to be released and be executed in a 39-month period of performance.