Defense Systems Digest
06 October 2020


Notable Technical Inquiry

What types of flexible hypersonic thermal protective materials have been researched and are available that are capable of surviving high-temperature, high-Mach environments to enable variable geometry hypersonic aircraft?

DSIAC received a technical inquiry requesting information on research into and availability of flexible thermal protection system materials. Materials engineering subject matter experts performed literature searches using DTIC, open sources, and university libraries to provide a listing of the efforts that have tried to produce these material systems (mostly sponsored by NASA) and identified several options in varying degrees of development and technology readiness levels. This report is available in the DTIC R&E Gateway.

Voice From The Community

Charles Bilbey, D.B.A., CSEP

I have worked in the aerospace industry for over 40 years in the fields of aircraft structures and space systems. Previously, I worked to assist the U.S. Department of Defense, Space Command, and the Space and Missile Systems Center in acquiring new satellite systems and modifying existing systems. Recently, I transitioned to San Antonio, where I am assisting the U.S. Air Force in the development of a more robust, integrated personnel and pay system. I lead the business design requirements management team that ensures the elicitation, documentation, refinement, and changes of requirements are adequately dealt with during the system life cycle, with a focus on satisfying the U.S. Air Force mission needs.

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