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  • NASA, Industry Partners Resume Vibration Tests on James Webb Space Telescope - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    NASA, Industry Partners Resume Vibration Tests on James Webb Space Telescope

    NASA has restarted vibration tests on the James Webb Space Telescope after demonstrations shut down early on Dec. 3, 2016, due to sensor readings that went beyond predicted levels. The space agency said Wednesday an investigation revealed that the incident was caused by small motions of launch restraint mechanisms that keep one of JWST’s mirror wings folded-up. “Now […] More

  • Raytheon Tests James Webb Telescope's Flight Operations System - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Raytheon Tests James Webb Telescope’s Flight Operations System

    Raytheon has conducted factory acceptance tests on a flight operations system for NASA‘s James Webb Space Telescope. The tests occurred at Raytheon’s Aurora, Colorado-based facility and aimed to verify 800 requirements on JWST’s ground control system, the company said Wednesday. Raytheon built the space observatory’s ground control system on the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, under a contract […] More

  • Lockheed Starts Optical Payload Development for NASA's Dark Energy Research Programs - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Lockheed Starts Optical Payload Development for NASA’s Dark Energy Research Programs

    Lockheed Martin has started develop an optical payload that could support NASA‘s research on a mysterious force called dark energy which causes the universe to expand. Lockheed said Thursday NASA selected the company’s Palo Alto, California-based Advanced Technology Center to start the formulation phase of the Wide-Field Optical-Mechanical Assembly. NASA could choose WOMA to serve as the core of the primary […] More

  • NASA Puts Webb Telescope's Primary Mirror Through 1st 'Center of Curvature' Test - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    NASA Puts Webb Telescope's Primary Mirror Through 1st ‘Center of Curvature’ Test

    Engineers have completed the first “Center of Curvature“ test on the primary mirror of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope in order to measure the shape of the mirror before the telescope goes through a series of launch environment tests. NASA engineers collaborated with technicians from Ball Aerospace & Technologies and the Space Telescope Science Institute to conduct […] More

  • Northrop Recognized for James Webb Space Telescope Program; Scott Willoughby Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Northrop Recognized for James Webb Space Telescope Program; Scott Willoughby Comments

    Northrop Grumman has received Aviation Week magazine's Program Excellence award for the company's program goal achievement and leadership role in the development of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. Scott Willoughby, vice president and James Webb Space Telescope program manager at Northrop, was selected in the subsystem research and design category for delivering the telescope and Integrated Science […] More

  • Northrop Receives Final NeXolve-Built Sunshield Layer for Webb Space Observatory - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Northrop Receives Final NeXolve-Built Sunshield Layer for Webb Space Observatory

    NeXolve has built and delivered the fifth sunshield layer for NASA‘s James Webb Space Telescope to Northrop Grumman‘s aerospace campus in Redondo Beach, California. NASA said Tuesday Northrop will integrate final flight layers into the telescope’s sunshield subsystem to support folding and deployment tests as part of the final system validation process. Northrop designed the telescope’s, optics and spacecraft bus as the […] More

  • Northrop Delivers Optical Telescope Element to NASA for Webb Observatory Integration - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Northrop Delivers Optical Telescope Element to NASA for Webb Observatory Integration

    Northrop Grumman has delivered the Optical Telescope Element to NASA‘s Goddard Space Flight Center to support the 18 hexagonal gold-coated beryllium mirrors of the James Webb Space Telescope. The company said Tuesday the 21.5-foot OTE is made of graphite composite materials and is designed to support the Webb telescope’s deep space observation mission. Scott Texter, Northrop telescope manager for the aerospace systems business, said […] More

  • Lockheed, NASA Complete Test on Webb Telescope Infrared Camera - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Lockheed, NASA Complete Test on Webb Telescope Infrared Camera

    A Lockheed Martin optical instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope has completed tests at NASA‘s Goddard Space Flight Center. The company said Friday it built the Near Infrared Camera for the space agency and the University of Arizona. The instrument serves as the Webb telescope’s primary science instrument and mirror-alignment sensor, Lockheed added. “[The] alignment of the primary mirror segments depends on […] More

  • NASA Puts Webb Telescope Instruments Through Cryogenic Test - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    NASA Puts Webb Telescope Instruments Through Cryogenic Test

    NASA has performed a cryogenic test on the cameras and spectrographs of the James Webb Space Telescope in order to determine if the systems could withstand extremely cold temperatures inside a space environment simulator. The Webb telescope’s scientific instruments have been removed from a cylindrical  simulation chamber at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland following completion of […] More

  • Ball Aerospace Secondary Mirror Installed on James Webb Space Telescope - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Ball Aerospace Secondary Mirror Installed on James Webb Space Telescope

    A Ball Aerospace & Technologies-built secondary mirror has been installed on the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA‘s Goddard Space Flight Center to complete a nearly four-month process. Ball Aerospace said Wednesday the secondary mirror is called that because it is the second surface that the light from space will hit before it reaches the Webb telescope. A primary […] More

  • Harris, NASA Complete Webb Telescope Mirror Installation; Bill Ochs, Gary Matthews Comment - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Harris, NASA Complete Webb Telescope Mirror Installation; Bill Ochs, Gary Matthews Comment

    NASA and industry partner Harris Corp. have completed their work to install the Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.-built primary mirrors for the James Webb Space Telescope ahead of its scheduled launch in 2018. The space agency said Thursday Harris installed Webb’s 18 mirrors with the final one in place Wednesday and will also lead integration work and tests […] More

  • Harris Installs 9th Flight Mirror on NASA's Webb Telescope - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Harris Installs 9th Flight Mirror on NASA’s Webb Telescope

    Harris Corp. has installed the ninth flight mirror onto NASA's James Webb Space Telescope structure at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The installation marks the progress of the telescope’s segmented primary mirror halfway to completion, which is scheduled for 2016, NASA said Tuesday. The engineering team used a robotic arm to lift and lower the […] More

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