DETROIT – Attention: Organizations with advanced manufacturing and R&D capabilities and a need for speed: LIFT, the Detroit-based, Department of Defense-supported national manufacturing innovation institute, in partnership with the Department of Defense, is preparing to issue a major hypersonics development challenge for the U.S. manufacturing industrial sector.

Operating at speeds of Mach 5 or higher, hypersonic and counter-hypersonic vehicles are among the Department of Defense’s top priorities, including developing a safe and secure domestic supply base.

The Hypersonics Challenge is a call for project proposals on three specific topics dealing with the materials and manufacture of hypersonic vehicles, including:

  • Hypersonics Modeling & Simulation, including Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME);
  • Advanced Manufacturing Methods for Quality and Production, and;
  • Advanced Manufacturing for High Temperature Composites.

Companies whose project challenge proposals are chosen will be provided up to $1 million for project development – not including cost-share, which is encouraged, but not required.

In the next several weeks, LIFT will announce a formal project call, which will include more details about the specific topics and proposal requirements.