01Sigma Space Corp. announced the award of the Laser System Engineering Support contract from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to the Fibertek/Sigma Space team. The Team is being contracted for the provision of services required to design, test, fabricate, deliver, operate, and evaluate Space Laser Systems for the ICESat-II Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) Instrument for the ICESat-II mission.

In its selection statement NASA prized the technical capabilities and exemplary past performance of the Team as well as the comprehensive capabilities in all areas of the statement of work.

"This award enables our company to contribute key technologies and innovations for some of the most complex and advanced areas of the ATLAS instrument, applying core competencies and capabilities of our organization in design and fabrication of aerospace lidars," said Dr. Marcos Sirota, CEO of Sigma Space. "Our partnership with Fibertek enables the Team to deliver extraordinary services and products to NASA for this mission."

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.