Press Release

NASA Selects Icesat-Ii Laser Systems Engineering Contractor

By SpaceRef Editor
July 22, 2009
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WASHINGTON — NASA has selected Fibertek Inc. of Herndon, Va., for a Laser Systems Engineering Services contract. The total value of this indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity cost-plus award fee contract is $35 million. The period of performance is five years.

The contractor will provide services related to the engineering and manufacturing of the ICESat-II mission. These will include the formulation, design, development, flight fabrication, integration, testing, verification, and operations of the ICESat-II Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System instrument space flight laser and ground system hardware.

ICESat-II will use precision laser-ranging techniques to measure the topography of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and the thickness characteristics of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice. According to the National Research Council’s Decadal Survey on Earth Science and Applications from Space, the mission will fill an urgent need in understanding the Earth’s rapidly changing ice cover.

Work will be performed at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and at the contractor’s facility.

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