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JWST's near infrared spectrograph status and performance overview
Author(s): Maurice Te Plate; Stephan Birkmann; Marco Sirianni; Peter Rumler; Peter Jensen; Ralf Ehrenwinkler; Peter Mosner; Hermann Karl; Robert Rapp; Ray Wright; Rai Wu
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Paper Abstract

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Observatory is the follow-on mission to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). JWST will be the biggest space telescope ever built and it will lead to astounding scientific breakthroughs. The mission will be launched in October 2018 from Kourou, French Guyana by an ESA provided Ariane 5 rocket. NIRSpec, one of the four instruments on board of the mission, recently underwent a major upgrade. New infrared detectors were installed and the Micro Shutter Assembly (MSA) was replaced as well. The rework was necessary because both systems were found to be degrading beyond a level that could be accepted. Now in its final flight configuration, NIRSpec underwent a final cryogenic performance test at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) as part of the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM). This paper will present a status overview and results of the recent test campaigns.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 2016
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9973, Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XXIV, 99730E (14 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2238125
Show Author Affiliations
Maurice Te Plate, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (United States)
Stephan Birkmann, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (United States)
Marco Sirianni, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (United States)
Peter Rumler, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Peter Jensen, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Ralf Ehrenwinkler, Airbus Defence and Space (Germany)
Peter Mosner, Airbus Defence and Space (Germany)
Hermann Karl, Airbus Defence and Space (Germany)
Robert Rapp, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ray Wright, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Rai Wu, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9973:
Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XXIV
Marija Strojnik, Editor(s)

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