It is the hardware produced by Fibertek that attracts our customers and keeps our employees challenged. We are a hardware company that takes pride in the devices and systems we design, build, and test. Fibertek is a vertically integrated company with a full staff of optical, mechanical, and electrical engineers that specialize in building custom rangefinders/designators; lidars; 3-D imagers; frequency converted 1 μm lasers; frequency-locked narrow linewidth lasers; and space-based transmitters, receivers, and electronics.
Fibertek is developing for NASA a high-speed optical transmitter for deep space communications – allowing an increase in bandwidth from places such as Mars. This conductively cooled flight-like prototype has been built to NASA vibration and thermal-vacuum standards. A first-generation electrical system is also being developed under separate NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) funding.
Fibertek – in conjunction with the University of Hawaii’s Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, under funding by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) – has developed a compact ruggedized LIBS/Raman system, featuring an ultraviolet laser, for the detection of trace amounts of explosives.
Fibertek is developing an ultraviolet (UV) laser transmitter for future NASA earth science spaceflight missions, supporting global change research and wind measurements for advanced weather forecasting systems. A long-life UV laser is an enabling technology for the National Research Council’s Earth Science Decadal Survey space-based light detection and ranging (lidar) missions.
Fibertek has developed a compact, high power (>15 W) high wall-plug efficiency (>15 %) 1571 nm fiber-amplifier transmitter with TRL 6 maturity for CO2 sensing. The amplifier is part of a payload developed for NASA’s Earth Venture and ASCENDS missions to provide improved prediction and modeling of Earth’s long-term climate change. The unit has been environmentally tested including thermal vacuum and vibration tested to GEVS. For more info see reference DOI 201611902002.
Fibertek partnered with NASA on the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) Satellite Mission, an extremely successful, multi-year initiative that has been operational for 9 years, 24/7, 365 days a year, since 2006 with over 6 billion laser shots so far. CALIPSO seeks to reveal the secrets of clouds and aerosols enabling scientists to study how they form, evolve, interact and affect our air quality, weather and climate.
Fibertek partnered with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS), a lidar remote sensing instrument on the International Space Station (ISS) that provides range-resolved profile measurements of atmospheric aerosols and clouds, volcanic ash plumes and airborne particles. Fibertek provided laser transmitters and receiver electronics and the avionics/communications package.
Fibertek is partnering with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) Earth Observing System Mission–the second-generation orbiting laser altimeter–to measure, track and report on changes to the Earth’s surface. This includes measuring our ice-covered poles, taking stock of forests, mapping ocean surfaces and characterizing clouds. Two flight lasers and lidar electronics have been delivered and are being integrated onto the satellite.
Fibertek is a long-time and active participant in the Federal Government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for the DoD and NASA. We have been developing innovative laser and electro- optic solutions for the military and NASA for over 30 years. Our capabilities include but are not limited to Ultra-Compact, Designator/Rangefinders, High Energy Short Pulses, Narrow Linewidth/Locked Frequency Converted lasers, and novel fiber laser transmitters.
Fibertek has developed for the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) a green underwater laser system capable of multi-rate high- bandwidth communication up to 1 Gbs in clear or littoral waters at 10 to 100 meters range. The system is currently being evaluated in simulated and representative waters, over a variety of link geometry and water conditions.
Fibertek has developed over a dozen custom Nd:YAG and harmonic systems for wind, cloud and aerosol lidars for various platforms, including unpressurized high altitude aircraft and the International Space Station. Our 4th generation systems include OPOs that provide tunable single-frequency operation throughout the visible and near IR for use in trace gas detection lidars. A 1.65 µm version was recently delivered to NASA Langley for use in a methane lidar for the High Altitude Lidar Observatory (HALO).
Fibertek is proud of our long, successful and recognized service in support of the U.S. Army’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) under the Warrior Enabling Broad Sensor (WEBS) program at Fort Belvoir, VA. Under the five-year, $325M omnibus contract, Fibertek is providing personnel and services in areas ranging from prototype development to physical plant support.
Fibertek has developed for the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA a Waveform Digitizing Lidar that is capable of digitizing laser return waveforms at 1 GSPS with an analog bandwidth of 2 GHz. The compact system will be mounted on airborne platforms to detect other aircraft at ranges up to three nautical miles.