Flight Hardware

MR&D’s primary flight hardware activities include:

  • Design of the Carbon-Carbon nose leading edges for the X-43A
  • Design and fabrication of a CMC blast heat shield for the AV-8B Harrier aircraft
  • Design support to ATK for the Chemical Vapor Infiltrated C/SiC Plug Repair for Space Shuttle Reinforced Carbon-Carbon Wing Leading Edges
  • Design of Carbon-Carbon radiator panels for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Earth Orbiting Satellite (EOS-1)
  • Design of high thermal conductivity organic matrix composite thermal doublers for the Lockheed-Martin Traveling Wave Tube Arrays for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
  • Design of high thermal conductivity organic matrix composite PCI-format thermal planes for the Lockheed Martin Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

C-C nose leading edges for X-43A:


  • Fabric preform woven by Textile Technologies, Inc. per MR&D fabric specification
  • C-C composite and layered HfC and SiC coating fabricated by MER

CMC Blast heat shield for AV-8B Harrier aircraft:


CVI C/SiC Plug Repair for Space Shuttle RCC WLE:


  • Subcontractor to ATK Thiokol
  • 0/60/-60 3000oF heat treated T-300 1k fiber in CVI SiC matrix
  • C/SiC composite manufactured by GE CCP, Newark, DE

Other Flight Article Designs:



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