NASA to Review Progress of James Webb Space Telescope

NASA will conduct an independent review on the status of the James Webb Space Telescope program ahead of a planned launch in the first half of 2019, Space News reported Thursday.

The space agency will release an updated launch date for the future space telescope following the independent review despite potential challenges that could delay the spacecraft’s lift off.

Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science, said at a hearing of the House Science Committee’s space subcommittee he directed the JWST team to begin the review in January following the completion of tests involving the space telescope’s sunshade technology.

Cristina Chaplain, director of the Government Accountability Office, said the space telescope’s launch may experience future delays given its current assembly and testing phase and the risks associated with future tasks and schedules.

The House Science Committee hearing also discussed the status of other NASA projects including the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope and the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.

You may also be interested in...

THOR Prototype

Army Invests in AFRL’s New Anti-Drone Directed Energy Weapon; Lt. Gen. Neil Thurgood Quoted

The U.S. Army is working with Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to further develop the latter's directed energy weapon that attacks swarms of enemy drones. The partnership between AFRL and the Army will further build the Tactical High Power Operational Responder or THOR prototype, which can neutralize the electronic components of multiple drones at the same time. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *