March2014

Fibertek Delivers Technology for NASA Earth Science Missions

Fibertek, Inc., Herndon, VA, March 6, 2014 – Fibertek announced today that it has delivered to Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) state-of-the-art light detection and ranging (lidar) systems electronics and advanced laser technology for NASA’s Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) payload on an upcoming International Space Station (ISS) mission. The CATS payload is scheduled to launch September 12, 2014 on the SpaceX #5 mission, an ISS commercial resupply flight from Cape Canaveral. The CATS instrument is a Japanese Experimental Module – Exposed Facility (JEM-EF) payload.

NASA’s CATS is a technology demonstration mission led by Dr. Matthew McGill, the GSFC Principal Investigator. The science objective is to extend satellite observations of small particles in the atmosphere from volcanoes, air pollution, dust, and smoke. These aerosol particles pose human health risks at ground level and influence global climate through their impact on cloud cover and solar radiation in Earth’s atmosphere.
Fibertek has delivered the lidar system electronics, including payload power supplies, ISS communications hardware and software interface, lidar data collection system, system safety hardware, payload controller, photon counting electronics, and state-of-the-art three-wavelength lasers—ultraviolet (UV), visible, and infrared (IR)—for the mission. Fibertek is also providing the ground control station software and user interface. Fibertek tested the system using NASA’s Johnson Space Flight Center simulator and the Marshal Center’s TreK payload interface system.

For more information on NASA’s overall Earth Science missions see: “NASA Set for a Big Year in Earth Science”

and “Station Role in Earth Science Growing”

Fibertek is a small aerospace business specializing in space, aircraft, and ground-based fielded lidar, laser, electro-optic, and free-space laser communications systems for aerospace and Department of Defense (DoD) customers. Fibertek is a flexible company ideally suited to bring the latest technology into space missions ranging from NASA/DoD class A/B as well as cube, micro, and small satellites and ISS platforms consistent with high quality and available budgets. Fibertek provided the lasers for the NASA CALIPSO mission that has been operating 24/7 since 2006. The company is also providing the lasers and flight detector electronics for NASA’s Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite 2 (ICESat-2) mission scheduled for launch in 2016. Through the CATS program, Fibertek has gained direct experience in integrating payloads to the ISS JEM-EF.

For further information contact Mark Storm (mstorm@fibertek.com).