The work will be conducted as part of “ongoing, long-term aerospace research activities” at the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. The U.S. space agency announced the contract awards July 29.
Selected companies and project facility locations include:
- GE Aviation, Cincinnati;
- United Technologies, Hartford, Conn.
- Rolls-Royce North American Technologies, Indianapolis
- Williams International, Walled Lake, Mich.
- Aerojet Rocketdyne in Canoga Park, Calif.
- Orbital Technologies of Madison, Wisc.
- Boeing Defense, Space & Security. St. Louis
- Northrop Grumman, Redondo Beach, Calif.
- Orbital ATK, Elkton, Md.
- Sierra Lobo, Fremont, Ohio
- General Dynamics, Scottsdale, Ariz.
- John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.
- MTI Systems, Greenbelt, Md.
Contracts provide for fixed prices, with contractors agreeing to demonstrate and verify advanced technologies to support “key challenges in the areas of communications, structures and materials, power, propulsion systems for aeronautics vehicles, and propulsion and communications systems for space missions and vehicles,” NASA said.
Those include high-power density engine turbomachinery; advanced combustors and alternative fuels; low noise propulsion; variable, combined and hybrid engine systems; engine icing; instrumentation, sensors, controls and intelligent systems; electric propulsion, rocket-based, combined cycle propulsion systems; communication components and subsystem development; disruptive tolerant networking; and flight and ground communication terminals.