Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Fibertek Lunar Infrastructure Optical Node (LION) selected by DARPA LunA-10 Capability Study to develop Lunar Surface Power Beaming and long-range Optical Communications

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced the companies selected for the 10-Year Lunar Architecture Capability Study (LunA-10), with Fibertek as one of the 14 innovators chosen. Fibertek, a leader in optical technologies for space and airborne applications, will play a pivotal role in advancing the development of lunar surface optical power beaming and optical communications supporting the future commercial lunar economy.

The LunA-10 program aims to rapidly develop foundational technology concepts that emphasize shareable and scalable systems. This initiative brings together a group of companies to pioneer cutting-edge technologies and define a series of future integrated frameworks for commercially sustainable and monetizable lunar infrastructure. Fibertek’s inclusion in this group underscores the company’s expertise and track record of maturing advanced and reliable optical technologies in support of space science and exploration.

Fibertek will leverage its decades of experience developing ruggedized and advanced space lasers, lidars, and laser communications solutions. The company’s focus on high-reliability and high-performance optics, laser systems, and advanced communication technologies aligns with DARPA’s objectives for tackling some of the lunar surface’s toughest challenges.

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Fibertek’s key LunA-10 objectives:

  • Lunar Surface Optical Power Beaming: Fibertek will advance optical power beaming technology to efficiently transmit electricity via laser beams across the lunar surface. The approach under development has the potential to revolutionize energy distribution systems on the Moon.
  • Optical Communication Technology: Fibertek will develop state-of-the-art optical communication systems to enhance data transmission capabilities on and off the lunar surface. These advancements will contribute to establishing a robust and reliable communication infrastructure.

“We are excited to be part of DARPA’s LunA-10 program and to collaborate with an esteemed community of Lunar colony enthusiasts,” said Mark Storm, Fibertek’s Director of NASA Programs and LunA-10 Principal Investigator, “This program leverages over 20 years of Fibertek’s successful space laser technology and adds to NASA’s investment in our optical communications terminals. Fibertek is grateful for DARPA’s leadership initiating this venture and driving transformative lunar technology advancements. Fibertek is honored to contribute to lunar exploration and the growth of a commercial lunar economy.”


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