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Status of the JWST optical telescope element
Author(s): Charlie Atkinson; Scott Texter; Robert Hellekson; Kevin Patton; Ritva Keski-Kuha; Lee Feinberg
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Paper Abstract

Significant progress has been made in the development of the Optical Telescope Element (OTE), one of three elements of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Observatory. To achieve the 25 square meters of collecting area, JWST will employ the first segmented, deployed optical telescope, requiring a wavefront sensing and control (WFS&C) system to align and phase the telescope's optics, while operating at cryogenic temperatures. The OTE is comprised of the optical components of the three mirror anastigmat and a steering mirror, the structure to deploy and support the optics, the WFS&C system to determine the adjustments necessary to align them, the electronics to control them, and the thermal components to manage the OTE temperatures. Technology development and risk reduction hardware are being produced to address critical technical areas. Subsystem development has progressed with the successful completion of several key design reviews and significant progress on the production of the flight Primary Mirror Segment Assemblies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6265, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 62650T (6 July 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671932
Show Author Affiliations
Charlie Atkinson, Northrop Grumman (United States)
Scott Texter, Northrop Grumman (United States)
Robert Hellekson, ATK Space Systems (United States)
Kevin Patton, ATK Space Systems (United States)
Ritva Keski-Kuha, Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Lee Feinberg, Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6265:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
John C. Mather; Howard A. MacEwen; Mattheus W. M. de Graauw, Editor(s)

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