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$72.4M for Basic & Applied Rocket Propulsion Research

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“OK Arnold, hit it!“ Engineering Research and Consulting Inc. in Huntsville, AL received a $72.4 million cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursement, firm-fixed-price contract for research in propulsion sciences. This involves on-site theoretical and experimental scientific and engineering research and development in rocket propulsion at the Air Force research laboratory located at Edwards Air Force Base, CA. Solicitation began March 2006, and work will be complete in September 2011. The Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, CA issued the contract (FA9300-06-C-0023). The contractor shall function in government/contractor teams. A strong effort in basic research is required, but elements of the broader research and development scope and technology transition are also included. Research will focus on discovery, synthesis, characterization, and development of energetic and non-energetic materials, research, development, and modeling of novel propulsion methods and devices, and combustion modeling and aero physics interactions. Typical work performed includes propellant research, analytical chemistry, the study of fracture mechanics, investigating aero physics interactions, et. al.

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