Isolation Systems

SDL designs, fabricates, and installs isolation systems. These isolation systems are very efficient and have low conductivity.

SDL’s area of expertise is in optically stable isolation systems and developed Fiber Support Technology (FiST). SDL’s advanced cryo-mechanical mounting technology, FiST, uses high performance fibers in tension to mechanically support and thermally isolate cooled components from warm environments.

Opto-thermal testing demonstrated that FiST outperforms the conventional mounting approach thermally, mechanically, and optically. Extensive qualification testing shows that the FiST mounting structure is mechanically and optically robust, and provides superior thermal isolation compared to conventional mounting approaches.

FiST was initially developed to support the focal plane assembly for SDL’s SABER flight experiment which, after nine years on orbit, has performed flawlessly.