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Solicitation Number: SN08-35
Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Location: Contracts Management Office
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Special Notice
Added: May 16, 2008 11:33 am


VULCAN is a propulsion system demonstration program to
design, build and ground test an engine capable of accelerating a full scale hypersonic
vehicle from rest to Mach 4+.  The VULCAN
engine will consist of an integrated Constant Volume Combustion (CVC) engine
and a full scale turbine engine.   CVC
engine architectures could include Pulsed Detonation Engines (PDE’s),
Continuous Detonation Engines (CDE’s) or other unsteady CVC engine architectures.
 The CVC engine would operate from below
the upper Mach limit of the turbine engine to Mach 4+.  The turbine engine will be a current production
engine capable of operating above Mach 2 and may be based on any of the
following engines, the F100-229, F110-129, F119 or F414 engines.  A key objective of the program is to
integrate the turbine engine into the VULCAN engine with minimal modification to
the turbine engine, to operate the turbine engine from rest to its upper Mach
limit and to cocoon the turbine engine when it is not in use.  It desired that both the turbine and the CVC
engines share a common inlet and nozzle. It is envisioned that developing the
VULCAN engine will enable full scale hypersonic cruise vehicles for
intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, strike or other critical national


The initial dissemination of information on this initiative
will be the VULCAN Program Industry Day on June 10, 2008.  The goals of this meeting are threefold: 1) to familiarize participants with
DARPA’s interest in combining turbine engines with constant volume combustion
engine cycles, 2) to identify potential Offerors and promote understanding of
the BAA proposal requirements, and 3) to promote discussion of synergistic
capabilities among potential program participants.  It is our desire to facilitate the formation
of strong teams and business relationships in order to develop comprehensive,
quality responses to any potential DARPA solicitation.


The Industry Day will be held at 3811 N. Fairfax Drive, Ste
400, Arlington VA 22203.  This announcement
serves as a pre-solicitation notice and is issued solely for information and
program planning purposes.  The Industry
Day does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or proposal
abstracts.  In accordance with FAR
15.201(e), responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by
the Government to form a binding contract.  Attendance at the Industry Day is voluntary and is not required to
propose to subsequent Broad Agency Announcements (if any) or research
solicitations (if any) on this topic.  DARPA will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred to participate
in this Industry Day. 


Pre-registration is required NO
LATER THAN 3:00 PM EST on June 3, 2008.
  The Industry Day will be UNCLASSIFIED with information that is ITAR
restricted and therefore attendance is limited to individuals who are U.S.
Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents (Green card holders).
 Attendance is limited to three representatives
per organization.  Check-in for the Industry
Day begins at 8:00 AM, followed by presentations beginning at 8:30 AM.  These presentations will include an overview
of the DARPA VULCAN Program vision, goals and objectives, technical information
on state-of-the-art of the foundational technologies; and planned acquisition
strategy, program schedule and contracting details.  Following the presentations, the room will be
available for a networking session to promote communications among potential
program participants. 


REGISTRATION INFORMATION: If interested in attending the Industry
Day, please send an e-mail, with the Subject line “VULCAN Industry Day Request
for Information”, to Matt Bringman at  In reply to your email, you will receive
information detailing the registration process and logistics of the Industry


INVITEE INFORMATION:  Registration is restricted to U.S. citizens
and U.S. Permanent Residents only.
  Proof of U.S. Citizenship or U.S. Permanent Resident Status must be provided
at least five (5) business days prior to this meeting.  Additionally, Permanent Residents must complete
DARPA Form 60, "U.S. Permanent Resident and Foreign National Visit
Request" (found here,
and this completed form must be provided to the Administrative Point of Contact
below.  U.S. citizens should have their
Facility Security Officer or Personnel Officer send a letter to verify their
citizenship status.  U.S. permanent
residents should send a copy of their Alien Registration Card (green card)
along with a completed Form 60.  In
addition, U.S. Permanent Residents must bring their green cards to the Industry
Day for verification.  There will be no exceptions!                                             


Administrative Point
of Contact:   Mr. Matt Bringman,

email:, 703-276-7702 x


Technical Point of
Contact:   Dr. Thomas Bussing,



Contracting Point of Contact: Mr. Chris Glista, DARPA
Contracting Officer,



3701 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, Virginia 22203-1714