Fibertek Wins NASA Laser Contract
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2011 — NASA has selected Fibertek of Herndon, Va., to design, develop, fabricate, test and deliver laser systems for the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) mission scheduled to launch in 2016.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., manages the ICESat-2 Project. ICESat-2, the second generation of the ICESat observatories, uses precision laser-ranging techniques to measure the topography of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, as well as the thickness characteristics of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice.
The contractor will provide four spaceflight lasers and one test laser for the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System instrument on the ICESat-2 Observatory. The spaceflight laser systems consist of the optical, electrical, mechanical, material, wire harnessing, thermal control, flight software, flight firmware and support equipment. Work will be performed at the contractor's facility.
ICESat-2 supports NASA's Earth science program by helping scientists develop a better understanding of the Earth’s response to natural or human-induced changes.
The total estimated value of the cost-plus-award-fee contract is $26,083,242. The period of performance is from the date of award through launch, plus 38 months.
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- Pertaining to optics and the phenomena of light.
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