Form 9.B Project Summary

Chron: 972301

Proposal Number: 14.03-7671

Project Title: Investigation of Packaging Technology for Long-Lifetime Space-Based Lasers

Technical Abstract (Limit 200 words)

Fibertek, Inc. proposes in this SBIR Phase I work to investigate the packaging technology for long lifetime space-based lasers. We will look at the issues related to the lifetime of high-power diode-pumped lasers to be operated on a satellite. The significance of Fibertek’s proposed work is to seek and identify method(s) that will allow the high-power diode-pumped lasers to be safely operated in the space for an interval of 3 years or longer, and be fired for 5 billion shots. Such methods may include the design, development, and improvements of prototypes and new processes to meet the long lifetime equipment of the future space mission.

The Phase I technical objectives are to seek and

devise methods and processes to reduce the failure probability of long lifetime space-based lasers due to particle and outgasing contamination. Our primary objective is to study and characterize the issue of outgasing contamination. We want to find the methods and processes such that, when implemented, they will reduce the risk level of outgasing contamination. We will conduct experimental tests to verify the results of the study, and draw conclusions from the tests. Based upon the conclusions, some conceptual designs of a proposed Phase II prototype laser will be given.

Potential Commercial Applications (Limit 200 words)

The results of this NASA SBIR have their primary application in space-based laser systems. The packaging methods and processes developed in the program provide the basis for the development of practical long lifetime space-based laser applications. Fibertek has found strong commercial support for space-based laser applications including earth resources and global atmospheric sensing.

Name and Address of Principal Investigator (Name,

Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)

Ti Chuang

Fibertek, Inc.

510 Herndon Parkway

Herndon , VA 20170

Name and Address of Offeror (Firm Name, Mail Address,


Ralph Burnham

Fibertek, Inc.

510 Herndon Parkway

Herndon , VA 20170