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posted by mrpg on Thursday July 08 2021, @07:15AM   Printer-friendly

Posted on NASA Spaceflight, James Webb Space Telescope one step closer to launch.

The joint NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has passed its critical final mission analysis review — clearing the way for a late 2021 launch from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana on an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket.

With this review completed, Arianespace and JWST teams can now begin final launch preparations. With a launch readiness date of October 31, 2021, Webb will soon be transported to French Guiana where it will be mated with its designated Ariane 5 rocket.

The mission analysis review, carried out by Arianespace and ESA, confirms that all launch systems — such as the telescope, rocket, ground systems, and launch teams — are set for launch. The review also confirms that Webb itself and its flight plan are ready for the mission to begin.

“We are thrilled to have passed this important step towards the launch of Webb and to have received the green light from Arianespace and NASA,” says Peter Rumler. Rumler is the project manager for the JWST at ESA.

When the telescope launches, it will experience a wide range of forces, such as vibrations and temperature changes and radiation. Therefore, Arianespace performed technical evaluations on important milestones of the mission’s ascent for the review, such as the launch trajectory and separation of the telescope from the rocket’s upper stage.

About time, since Hubble may be dead.


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  • (Score: 1, Offtopic) by Frosty Piss on Thursday July 08 2021, @08:36AM (4 children)

    by Frosty Piss (4971) on Thursday July 08 2021, @08:36AM (#1153936)

    This is all nice and good, but what people really want to know is if Bezos and his “bruhs” or that crazy Brit will make it into low Earth orbit to drink champagne and get blow jobs. We must really consider the important things. The much hated Elon Musk doesn’t care because he continues to launch and recover actual real rockets almost daily as he huffs on top grade herb in his self-driving Tesla supported with silly carbon credits, while tracking his roadster into the heavens.

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 08 2021, @09:01AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 08 2021, @09:01AM (#1153941)

    To be fair, the interest is mostly from Twitter tankies who want to watch Bezos and the other guy literally die in a fire.

    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday July 08 2021, @04:29PM

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday July 08 2021, @04:29PM (#1154010) Journal

      I have had to wonder. Might Bezos have been forced to quit Amazon over company life insurance / business insurance issues?

      Maybe nobody wanted to underwrite the risk of Bezos' sub orbital fright and the effect a potential loss might have on Amazon? By severing ties, Amazon can not claim any damage if Bezos does not survive. Insurance underwriter happy.

      An area of major public concern would be that if things do not go well, Blue Origin might delay uploading the YouTube video.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by PiMuNu on Thursday July 08 2021, @10:13AM (1 child)

    by PiMuNu (3823) Subscriber Badge on Thursday July 08 2021, @10:13AM (#1153946)

    When the roadster hits jupiter it will start a chain reaction that ignites fusion in the core?

    Presumably he has an infographic projected onto the wall of his Evil HQ with a nice display of the roadster and a little countdown timer on it (and a self-destruct button for the hero to press just in time)?

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by DannyB on Thursday July 08 2021, @04:24PM

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday July 08 2021, @04:24PM (#1154008) Journal

      The James Webb Telescope will be able to show us clear images of the roadster cloning itself into millions of copies prior to when Jupiter goes fusion and becomes a new small sun.

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