NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has passed key environmental tests
“The successful completion of our observatory environmental tests represent a monumental milestone in the march to launch,” Bill Ochs, Webb project manager for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, said in a statement. “Environmental testing demonstrates Webb’s ability to survive the rocket ride to space, which is the most violent portion of its trip to orbit approximately a million miles from Earth.”
Acoustic and vibration tests were conducted on the long-delayed Hubble successor at Northrop Grumman’s facility in California. That aerospace company is building Webb for NASA.
The telescope has to go through more testing, including a full systems evaluation, before engineers pack it up “origami-style” to ship Webb to its launch site in French Guiana. So far though, Webb is on course to meet its current launch window of October 2021.
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