The U.S. Army has awarded Peraton a two-year, $44 million contract for hypersonic test engineering, mission planning and systems (HyTEMPS). The company said Monday the contract requires Peraton to provide comprehensive mission support for interservice flight test missions to ensure flight test events are successfully executed.
"Hypersonic vehicle testing is an extraordinarily complex process“¦ The HyTEMPS contract allows us to bring together our extensive hypersonic testing and evaluation knowledge and experience to create more testing capacity and capability for the customer," said Roger Mason, president of space and intelligence sector at Peraton and a former Wash100 Award recipient.
Under the contract, Peraton will support hypersonic sustainment and operations of mission and test systems and continue to help advance the Army's Portable Range Operations and Test Network (PROTN). Also, the company will take on new initiatives, including developing and deploying new collection mechanisms that place a broad array of instrument sensors closer to a hypersonic vehicle's flight path and point of impact to obtain more testing data.
Peraton's hypersonic innovations may include a single networked architecture to rapidly share telemetry and test data as well as an open ocean range system that incorporates sensors based on ships, barges and unmanned maritime systems. Aerial drones are being considered to be used to collect much of the test data.
The company has over ten years of experience working with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC) Technical Center and supporting the development of hypersonic vehicle/weapon technologies.
"Peraton's extensive experience in hypersonic testing and evaluation positions us to provide mission-critical support to the Army's cutting-edge hypersonic initiatives. We are honored to expand our relationship with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Technical Center to support more tests and gather richer data,“ concluded Mason.