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The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) remains on track for an October 2018 launch:

JWST passed its final vibration testing Tuesday ensuring that the craft is finally fit for spaceflight. NASA has scheduled the telescope for an October 2018 launch, but the telescope was originally supposed to be launched in 2011 marking a long history of major cost overruns and delays.

NASA announced last December that the JWST was halfway completed, but the project is currently $7.2 billion over its initial budget and seven years behind the original schedule. The JWST was initially projected to cost $1.6 billion. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) now estimates the final cost of the telescope at $8.8 billion.

[...] During vibration testing in December at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center, accelerometers attached to the telescope detected "unexpected responses" and engineers were forced to shut the test down to protect the hardware. The kind of response NASA found could potentially create serious problems when the telescope is launched into space.

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is warning of possible further delays to the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST):

A government watchdog is warning that the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the long-awaited successor to the Hubble that's been beset by schedule snafus and cost overruns, might face further delays. NASA announced in September it had pushed back the launch date of the JWST from late 2018 to some time in the spring of 2019 due to testing delays partly blamed on Hurricane Harvey's impact on Texas' Gulf Coast in August.

On Wednesday, lawmakers on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee were told it could take even longer to launch the world's most powerful telescope. "More delays are possible given the risks associated with the work ahead and the level of schedule reserves that are now (below) what's recommended," said Cristina Chaplain, director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management for the Government Accountability Office.

[...] Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA's associate administrator for science missions, told lawmakers he expects the space agency will be able to meet the spring 2019 schedule. "I believe it's achievable," he said.

Previously: James Webb Space Telescope Vibration Testing Completed
Launch of James Webb Space Telescope Delayed to Spring 2019

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 30 2017, @12:13PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 30 2017, @12:13PM (#486434)

    This time, the fucking JWST cunt was satisfied with the vibrator.
    Damn'd time she was, after $8.8B thrown up her arse.

    • (Score: 2) by stormwyrm on Thursday March 30 2017, @03:09PM (1 child)

      by stormwyrm (717) Subscriber Badge on Thursday March 30 2017, @03:09PM (#486496) Journal

      The US government almost ruined the JWST, and blamed NASA for it. []

      So the government did an independent review of James Webb in 2010, determined what the quickest and cheapest way to complete it was, and what was needed to make that happen. They then didn’t provide the funds for it, and now further allow the blame to fall on NASA for the delays and cost overruns that they knew would happen.

      […]I’ll note that the $8.7 billion includes approximately $800 million ($0.8 billion) for five years of support and operation — step 6, above — that was not included in the revamped $6.5 billion figure. The reason for the huge, $1-1.5 billion and three year differences is because NASA has had to lay off workers and stop work on many components due to a lack of funds.

      […]And until the sunshield is ready, no matter how good the mirrors and instruments are, the James Webb Space Telescope — and all of NASA astrophysics — can only sit and wait. And while NASA Astrophysics deserves the blame for the initial cost overruns and delays (to $6.5 billion and 2015), the most recent, disastrous news (a cost of $8.7 billion and delays to 2018) should fall on the shoulders of a miserly US congress.

      (all emphasis in original)

      I’m only glad that it’s finally getting finished.

      The right to believe whatever you want does not mean that whatever you want to believe is right.
      • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Thursday March 30 2017, @04:27PM

        by bob_super (1357) on Thursday March 30 2017, @04:27PM (#486572)

        It's NASA's fault.
        If they had designed a telescope which can be used to find oil or spy on people, the NRO's copy would have been launched on time and on budget!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 30 2017, @12:22PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 30 2017, @12:22PM (#486436)

    Nice selection of clickbait and scam ads on that site.

    • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 30 2017, @01:38PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 30 2017, @01:38PM (#486454)

      Daily Caller,, etc. Don't know why out of all those links, there isn't one to the actual NASA site with the news [].