Lockheed Martin has shipped a near-infrared camera for the James Webb Space Telescope to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
JWST aims for astronomers to observe distant objects in the solar system, take pictures of galaxies and explore planets orbiting distant stars, Lockheed said Thursday.
The University of Arizona contracted Lockheed to develop the instrument, focal plane electronics and associated software.
“We all feel privileged to have worked on this mission and look forward to the day when our engineering and manufacturing efforts will help produce discoveries yielding a greater understanding of the universe,” said Jeff Vanden Beukel, Lockheed’s NIRCam program director.
The company designed NIRCam with coronagraphs that work to help scientists capture images of extremely dim objects located near brighter objects.
Teledyne provided the detector technology for the camera’s optical imaging structures and focal plane hardware, which is made up of 40 million pixels and intended to operate at very low temperatures.