ATK Hands NASA Webb Telescope Backplane Support Structure for Thermal Tests; David Shanahan Comments

WebbTelescopeNorthropBackboneATK has sent an assembly stand to NASA for thermal tests later this year as part of preparations for the planned 2018 launch of the James Webb Space Telescope.

The company built the primary mirror backplane support structure under a subcontract with Northrop Grumman and designed the structure to carry meteorological tools and payloads for space missions, ATK said Thursday.

Tests will occur at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center this year and at a Northrop plant in California next year.

“ATK has enjoyed teaming with NASA and Northrop Grumman on the Webb Telescope program,” said David Shanahan, ATK space components division vice president and general manager.

The backplane support structure contains materials intended to meet thermal stability and weight requirements for the telescope, a joint initiative of NASA and the space agencies of Canada and Europe.

email
Filed in: Industry News, News Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

You might like:

NASA, Lockheed Wrap Up Orion Spacecraft Assembly, System Evaluations NASA, Lockheed Wrap Up Orion Spacecraft Assembly, System Evaluations
Northrop’s Jeffrey Palombo Showcases Open-Architecture Avionics System Northrop’s Jeffrey Palombo Showcases Open-Architecture Avionics System
Northrop Builds 1-Terahertz Circuit Amplifier for DARPA; William Deal Comments Northrop Builds 1-Terahertz Circuit Amplifier for DARPA; William Deal Comments
Research and Markets Forecasts 5.4% CAGR for Environmental Sensors Market Research and Markets Forecasts 5.4% CAGR for Environmental Sensors Market
© 2014 ExecutiveBiz. All rights reserved.