NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is expected to be deployed next year post clearance of environmental testing. Those evaluations minutely assess ever parameter whether the telescope can survive its launch.
According to Bill Ochs, Webb project manager for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the accomplishment in the form of their observatory environmental tests is a monumental milestone in the march to launch. Environmental testing signifies Webb’s capacity to persevere the rocket ride to space, which is the most challenging part of its journey to orbit which is roughly a million miles from Earth.
Northrop Grumman, an aerospace company is building Webb for NASA. The acoustic and vibration tests were conducted on the long-delayed Hubble successor at their facility in California.
The telescope needs more testing, including a full systems evaluation, before engineers pack it for shipping Webb to its launch site in French Guiana. As of now, Webb is on the verge of its current launch window of October 2021.