AFRL posts sources sought for ETHOS program
On August 4, the U.S. Air Force released a source sought notice regarding its Enabling Technologies for High-speed Operable Systems (ETHOS) program. Responses are due no later than 3:00pm on September 6.
The High Speed Systems Division within the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) conducts research to develop, demonstrate, integrate and transition high speed vehicle technologies that provide affordable, revolutionary capabilities to the warfighter. Technology developments in high speed systems provide for cost effective weapons and aerospace vehicle platforms capable of accurate and timely delivery of payloads worldwide in support of the Air Force’s desire for rapid, persistent strike/ISR and affordable, responsive space launch.
The time frame for development of these capabilities is such that the technologies are demonstrated and matured to a technology readiness level of 6 for mid-term transition in 2025 (persistent engagement) and far-term by 2035 (responsive space launch).
The overall objective is to identify, develop, mature, and demonstrate technologies that enable refurbishable high speed (M>3) capability for intelligence/surveillance/reconnaissance (ISR) and strike platforms by 2028, and for quick-turn fully reusable systems by 2035. It is envisioned that the earlier demonstration systems will be air-launched utilizing rocket-boost to reach hypersonic cruise speeds, and later employing combined cycle engines that permit runway operations. Those technologies that advance the state-of-the-art and that mature the science base to high technology readiness levels will be further considered for incorporation into the AFRL strategic plan.
Full information is available here.