Status Report

NASA Solicitation: ICESAT II Mission Laser-Industry Partnership

By SpaceRef Editor
June 16, 2008
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Synopsis – Jun 13, 2008

Table I: ICESat II RFI laser parameters – Posted on Jun 13, 2008 New!

General Information

Solicitation Number: ICE-SatIIRFI2008
Posted Date: Jun 13, 2008
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jun 13, 2008
Original Response Date: Jun 30, 2008
Current Response Date: Jun 30, 2008
Classification Code: 58 — Communication, detection, and coherent radiation eqpt
NAICS Code: 336419 – Other Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Parts and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 210.M, Greenbelt, MD 20771


The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Laser and Electro-Optics Branch is currently seeking an industry partner to assist with the laser development on the upcoming ICESat II mission.

A short description of the ICESat-II mission can be found at:

Information on the first ICESat mission (a.k.a. ICESat I) can be found at:

The baseline ICESat-II laser transmitters performance requirements are given in Table 1 and are similar to the 1064 nm channel of the ICESat I (Geoscience Laser Altimeter System – GLAS) transmitters. A recent paper describing the ICESat/GLAS laser transmitters can be found at:

-The Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) Laser Transmitter Afzal, R.S. Yu, A.W. Dallas, J.L. Melak, A. Lukemire, A.T.L. Ramos-Izqueirdo, L. Mamakos, W.NASA, College Park;

-Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of, Publication Date: May-June 2007, Volume: 13, Issue: 3, On page(s): 511-536

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit specific capability information from industry/aerospace on diode-pumped short-pulse Nd:YAG laser suppliers for capability assessment. The goal of this RFI is to insure that the best and widest possible set of capabilities is considered for the ICESat-II mission. It is anticipated that NASA GSFC will proceed with a future funding opportunity to assist in the design, development and production of the ICESat-II laser transmitters, but this RFI in no way constitutes a commitment of future funding opportunities from NASA.

Interested organizations are invited to submit to the NASA point of contact listed below a description of their diode-pumped short-pulse Nd:YAG laser technical and resource/facility capabilities relevant to air and space applications. This submittal should also describe the organization’s experience and past performance in the areas of air and space-based laser systems. We are specifically interested in the following areas:

1) Diode-pumped short-pulse Nd: YAG laser design that would a) meet or exceed the performance requirements given in Table I (will be uploaded as modification to this RFI) and b) be at a state of development that would enable production of a engineering test unit (ETU) for laboratory laser/electro-optic parametric conformance testing and long-term (preferably accelerated) reliability testing. The engineering test unit (ETU) should be designed to flight-qualifiable standards but would not need to be flight qualified.

2)Diode-pumped short-pulse Nd:YAG laser manufacturing quantities produced per year for air and space applications (minimum quantities of each type of diode-pumped short-pulse Nd:YAG laser are encouraged if exact numbers are considered proprietary)

3)Production methodologies, quality control and standards (e.g. Mil-specs, Telcordia, Six-sigma etc.) employed in the manufacturing process for diode-pumped short-pulse Nd:YAG lasers

4)Facilities development and facility capability for manufacturing of diode-pumped short-pulse Nd:YAG lasers

5)Laser component (e.g. pump laser diodes, damage testing of optical coatings, laser crystal development etc.) development and testing facilities and experience.

6) Environmental testing (e.g. vibration, long-term reliability, temperature cycling, and accelerated life-tests, vacuum) of air and/or space-based diode-pumped short-pulse Nd: YAG lasers, laser components and laser qualification experience and past qualification.

7) Previous and recent prototype, breadboard, brassboard, engineering model and flight model diode-pumped short-pulse Nd: YAG lasers hardware for air and space applications.

Capability Statements should include an executive summary, not to exceed two pages, to address any major items that the organization wishes to highlight. As part of its assessment of industry capabilities, the NASA-GSFC may contact respondents to this Request For Information, if clarifications or further information is needed.

Capability Statements shall be submitted to the point of contact listed below and must be received by:

Monday, June 30, 2008 no later than 5 PM EST

Statements may be submitted electronically via email, by fax, or by regular mail, to:

Dr. Michael A. Krainak, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Laser & Electro-Optics Branch, Code 554 Bldg 19, Rm S004, Greenbelt, MD 20771.

Fax: (301) 286-1750


PDF format is preferred.

At this time, NASA is exploring the possibility of a future acquisition as a result of this RFI. At the present time no solicitation exists; therefore, do not request a copy of the solicitation.

Questions and comments are welcome and e-mail communication is preferred.

Point of Contact

Name: Michael A Krainak
Title: Technical Representative
Phone: 301-286-4881
Fax: 301-286-1750

Name: Nylsevalis Ortiz-Collazo
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 301-286-5257
Fax: 301-286-1720

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