USAF research laboratory selects Jacobs for rocket propulsion lab R&D support

Jacobs (NYSE:J) has announced it was selected by US Air Force Research Laboratory, Aerospace Systems Directorate West (AFRL/RQ-West), R&D support of the Rocket and Propulsion Technology Research contract (RAPTR) at Edwards Air Force Base in California, the company said.

AFRL/RQ-West is part of the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC).

The USD 225 million, cost-plus-fixed-fee award has an eight-year, 10-month period of performance that commences April 1, 2020, with a 24-month base period, and includes two 41-month option periods.

Under RAPTR, Jacobs will provide on-site basic, exploratory and experimental research and development (R&D) support to the AFRL/RQ-West for development and transitioning of a wide spectrum of rocket and space propulsion-related technologies to the warfighter. Specific scientific and technical R&D areas include combustion processes, fluid dynamics and materials sciences; chemical/material sciences; aerophysics and plasma physics; analytical chemistry; in-space propulsion; high-payoff propulsion technologies; and high energy density matter.