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Northrop Grumman, NASA Prep for Assembly of James Webb Space Telescope; Jon Arenberg Comments

Northrop Grumman, NASA Prep for Assembly of James Webb Space Telescope; Jon Arenberg Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Jon Arenberg
Jon Arenberg
Jon Arenberg

Northrop Grumman and NASA will begin to assemble the $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope following completion of a test run with the pathfinder telescope, The Space Reporter reported Tuesday.

Alex Galbraith writes Northrop will ship the space telescope's components to the Goddard Space Flight Center using Lockheed C-5 Galaxy planes and vehicles.

Jon Arenberg, JWST chief engineer, told Space.com the test run with the pathfinder telescope was intended to help NASA determine “how to handle such a large structure [and] how to attach the mirrors,“ according to the report.

“This allows us to wring out a 140,000-lb. stand and robot assembly process,“ Arenberg told the publication.

NASA has scheduled the JWST for launch in 2018 and expects to operate it in space for up to 10 years, Galbraith reports.

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