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NASA Receives Northrop-Built Telescope Structure for Webb Space Observatory; Scott Texter Comments

NASA Receives Northrop-Built Telescope Structure for Webb Space Observatory; Scott Texter Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event

WebbTelescopeNorthropBackboneNASA has received a new telescope structure built by Northrop Grumman for integration with the James Webb Space Telescope.

The structure is designed to hold the hexagonal mirrors and other optical components of the space telescope, Northrop said Wednesday.

Webb is a space observatory designed to capture images of undiscovered planets, galaxies and other distance space objects and NASA's collaborative effort with the Canadian Space Agency and the European Space Agency,

“The telescope’s beryllium mirrors are held together nearly motionlessly in space by the telescope structure, which also acts as a stable platform during ground test operations and launch,” said Scott Texter, a telescope manager at Northrop.

Northrop is the prime contractor for Webb’s space observatory, space vehicle and sunshield.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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