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2014-02-05 12:21:09

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Vanguard Space Technologies (Vanguard) has been awarded two contracts to provide hardware for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. The contracts, awarded by Northrop Grumman Corporation to Vanguard, are for fabrication of composite components of the Unitized Pallet Structure (UPS). The components will be manufactured at Vanguard's San Diego facility using advanced graphite fiber reinforced materials yielding lightweight, stiff and stable parts. Delivery...

Image 1 - Webb Telescope Flight Backplane Section Completed
2012-04-25 01:00:06

The center section of the backplane structure that will fly on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has been completed, marking an important milestone in the telescope's hardware development. The backplane will support the telescope's beryllium mirrors, instruments, thermal control systems and other hardware throughout its mission. "Completing the center section of the backplane is an important step in completing the sophisticated telescope structure," said Lee Feinberg, optical telescope...

Webb Telescope Spinoff Technologies Already Seen In Some Industries
2012-04-20 03:38:40

[ Watch the Video ] A critical component of the James Webb Space Telescope is its new technology. Much of the technology for the Webb had to be conceived, designed and built specifically to enable it to see farther back in time. As with many NASA technological advances, some of the innovations are being used to benefit humankind in many other industries. The Webb telescope is the world's next-generation space observatory and successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. The most powerful...

2011-12-22 11:09:00

BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has announced that the final six mirror segments for the James Webb Space Telescope have completed cryogenic temperature testing at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. The final testing verifies that the 18-mirror composite primary mirror segments meet their combined wavefront error and radius of curvature requirements. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111222/LA26652) The Webb's 18 mirror...

Image 1 - Webb Telescope Receives COCOA This Winter
2011-12-16 09:14:50

Engineers working on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope are bringing out the COCOA this winter, but it's not a warm beverage. Rather, it's a way to check that the mirrors are perfectly shaped and will work in the frosty environment of space. COCOA stands for "Center of Curvature Optical Assembly." Curvature is important in a mirror, just as the convex side mirrors on your car are shaped to give you a wide field of vision behind and beside your car. COCOA tests on the Webb telescope's...

James Webb Telescope Project On Track: NASA
2011-12-07 11:24:07

NASA on Tuesday vowed that its James Webb Space Telescope project will be on track to launch in 2018, despite several delays and billions spent in over budget; the total projected cost is now at $8.8 billion. The project, which aims to build the world´s most powerful telescope that will be 100 times more powerful than the Hubble space telescope, has been riddled by setbacks and cost overruns. The project has been under threat by a Congressional subcommittee, looking to shut down the...

Image 1 - Assembly Stand Completed for NASA's Webb Telescope Flight Optics
2011-11-17 14:23:26

[ Watch the Video ] The clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has received a giant structural steel frame that will be used to assemble the mirrors and instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope. "This milestone is important as it marks the transition to the integration and testing phase for the Webb telescope's optical telescope element," said Lee Feinberg, Optical Telescope Element Manager for the Webb telescope at Goddard. The Webb telescope is the...

2011-10-27 04:26:39

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver joined U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) during a dedication of a permanent exhibit of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore Wednesday at an event featuring national political, science and technology luminaries. The exhibit is a donation to the museum by the Northrop Grumman Corporation of Falls Church, Va. "I believe in the science and innovation that have made America a world leader in discovery. There is no...

2011-10-26 15:33:00

BALTIMORE, Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver joined U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) during a dedication of a permanent exhibit of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore Wednesday at an event featuring national political, science and technology luminaries. The exhibit is a donation to the museum by the Northrop Grumman Corporation of Falls Church, Va. (Logo:...

Giant-Sized Webb Space Telescope Model Coming To Baltimore
2011-10-13 08:34:29

[ Watch the Video ] Baltimore's Maryland Science Center is going to be the "landing site" for the life-sized full-scale model of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, and it's free for all to see. The Webb telescope life-sized model is as big as a tennis court, and its coming to the Maryland Science Center at Baltimore's Inner Harbor from October 14 through 26, 2011. It's a chance for young and old to get a close-up look at the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope in the same size it...