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Ball Aerospace Wraps Up Webb Telescope Mirror Temprature Testing; David Taylor Comments

Ball Aerospace Wraps Up Webb Telescope Mirror Temprature Testing; David Taylor Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
David Taylor
David Taylor

Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. has wrapped up performance tests of a subsystem for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope under a contract with Northrop Grumman.

Ball said it is the principal subcontractor to Northrop for the telescope’s optical technology and mirror system and has tested the aft-optics subsystem since May 2012.

NASA will integrate the mirrors onto the telescope at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland in 2015 and launch is scheduled for October 2018.

“The successful completion of another milestone brings us one day closer to the launch of NASA's next major space observatory,“ said David Taylor, president and CEO of Ball Aerospace.

Ball designed and delivered the telescope's 18 beryllium primary mirror segments, secondary and tertiary mirrors, a steering mirror and engineering development units.

For nearly nine months, Ball tested temperature and vibration of the mirrors and optics to determine the subsystems ability to remain aligned during launch and to function in cold temperatures.

Ball will keep the subsystem and use it for testing with the the flight actuator drive unit and source plate assembly, the company said.

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