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DARPA Selects Orbital ATK for Hybrid Engine Research Project

DARPA Selects Orbital ATK for Hybrid Engine Research Project - top government contractors - best government contracting event

DARPA Selects Orbital ATK for Hybrid Engine Research Project - top government contractors - best government contracting eventThe Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded Orbital ATK a potential $21.4 million contract to study the potential integration of turbine and hypersonic engine technologies into a new aircraft propulsion system.

DARPA obligated $1 million in fiscal 2017 research and development funds for the Advanced Full Range Engine project at the time of contract award, the Defense Department said Tuesday.

DARPA Selects Orbital ATK for Hybrid Engine Research Project - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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The AFRE program aims to build and demonstrate a propulsion system that would operate from a low-speed takeoff through subsonic and hypersonic speeds.

AFRE seeks to explore the concept of a combined cycle engine technology that would comprise a turbine engine intended for low-speed flight operations and a dual-mode ramjet for high-speed flights, DARPA said.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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