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Breaking the cost curve: applying lessons learned from the James Webb space telescope development
Author(s): Lee Feinberg; Jonathan Arenberg; Dave Yanatsis; Paul Lightsey
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Paper Abstract

This paper looks at the key programmatic and technical drivers of the James Webb Space Telescope and assesses ways to building more cost-effective telescopes in the future. The paper evaluates the top level programmatics for JWST along with the key technical drivers from design through integration and testing. Actual data and metrics from JWST are studied to identify what ultimately drove cost on JWST. Finally, the paper assesses areas where applying lessons learned can reduce costs on future observatories and will provide better insights into critical areas to optimize for cost.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 1069823 (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2309661
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Lee Feinberg, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jonathan Arenberg, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (United States)
Dave Yanatsis, Harris Corp. (United States)
Paul Lightsey, Ball Aerospace (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10698:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Makenzie Lystrup; Howard A. MacEwen; Giovanni G. Fazio; Natalie Batalha; Nicholas Siegler; Edward C. Tong, Editor(s)

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