NASA turns to Adtech Optics for space optoelectronics

GREENBELT, Md., 26 July 2005. Officials of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., are looking to Adtech Optics Inc. in City of Industry, Calif., for crucial optoelectronic components for space-based laser radar systems.

Jul 26th, 2005

GREENBELT, Md., 26 July 2005. Officials of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., are looking to Adtech Optics Inc. in City of Industry, Calif., for crucial optoelectronic components for space-based laser radar systems.

Adtech will provide NASA Goddard with indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) and indium phosphide (InP) photon-counting avalanche photodiode array modules for imaging laser radar (lidar) systems.

NASA announced the agreement with Adtech on July 22. No financial details were available.

Imaging lidar is a crucial instrument for 3-D imaging necessary in space docking and assembling under NASA's new exploration vision, NASA officials say. One of the key components for imaging lidar is the InGaAs/InP avalanche photodiode array.

Adtech experts will design and build 50-micron 64-by-64-pixel InGaAs/InP avalanche photodiode arrays with 100-micron pitch withy reliable edge termination, NASA officials say.

NASA officials say Adtech is the only vendor that meets government requirements for this job.

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