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posted by martyb on Saturday December 25 2021, @11:30AM   Printer-friendly
from the this-time-for-sure! dept.

James Webb Space Telescope reaches launch pad for Christmas liftoff

The James Webb Space Telescope is due to launch on Saturday (Dec. 25) during a 32-minute window that opens at 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT). The massive observatory will blast off from Kourou, French Guiana, atop an Ariane 5 rocket operated by European launch provider Arianespace. You can watch launch coverage live at Space.com beginning at 6 a.m. EST (1100 GMT) courtesy of NASA or you can watch directly at the agency's website.

ESA launch kit (PDF).

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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Snotnose on Friday December 24 2021, @09:25PM (5 children)

    by Snotnose (1623) on Friday December 24 2021, @09:25PM (#1207670)

    If memory serves 138 is the right number, and that doesn't include the launch. If any one of them fails, the whole project fails.

    That means there are 138 managers who's reputation are on the line in the next 30 days, and I sure as hell wouldn't want to be one of them.

    I've done software for 40 years, and I can think of only 2 managers I've had I would trust with one of these, both were with Qualcomm in the 90s.

    Shoutout to Rich and Cliff.

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  • (Score: 2) by acid andy on Friday December 24 2021, @10:42PM

    by acid andy (1683) on Friday December 24 2021, @10:42PM (#1207689) Homepage Journal

    Don't tell me that Snotnose. I'm nervous enough about this launch as it is!

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 25 2021, @01:24AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 25 2021, @01:24AM (#1207718)

    It's 300 and something. Most of them are related to the deployment, but a few are part of the actual science stuff.

    It might work, but if they each have a 0.2% chance of failure, the overall system is still just a coin flip. To get actual good odds you need four or five nines on them all. Assuming the rocket doesn't blow up.

  • (Score: 0, Disagree) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 25 2021, @02:41PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 25 2021, @02:41PM (#1207785)

    > 138 managers who's reputation are on the line

    Managers? I don't think you know how this works. It's the lousy staff, can't get anyone decent these days. They better shape up else Christmas is cancelled FOREVER you mutts.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 26 2021, @02:51AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 26 2021, @02:51AM (#1207886)

    One manager can be (and often is) responsible for multiple points of failure.