27 January 2014
Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) said it has passed the last significant mission design milestone for NASA´s James Webb Space Telescope, the spacecraft critical design review, five months ahead of schedule, following the replan.
The spacecraft provides the power and communications for the whole observatory and is responsible for pointing the telescope and image stabilization. Northrop Grumman is under contract to NASA´s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for the design and development of the Webb Telescope´s optics, sunshield and spacecraft.
An independent panel of experts conducted a rigorous, weeklong review of the detailed design, construction and testing plans, and flight software for the Webb Telescope´s spacecraft. The CDR included extensive discussions on all aspects of the spacecraft to ensure construction of a vehicle that will enable the powerful telescope and science instruments to deliver astonishing views of the universe. The team successfully completed more than 76 preceding reviews on the spacecraft subsystems to prepare for this CDR.
The James Webb Space Telescope is the world´s next-generation space observatory and successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. The Webb Telescope is a joint project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.
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