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Applying HST lessons learned to JWST
Author(s): Lee D. Feinberg; Paul H. Geithner
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Paper Abstract

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a 6.5 meter cryogenic observatory planned to launch in 2013. The observatory includes a three mirror anastigmat telescope with a deployed 18 segment primary mirror. Unlike the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), JWST will be difficult to service and therefore the development team needs to be highly confident the telescope will work after launch. Consequently, it is imperative that the team building JWST apply the lessons learned from the HST program so as to avoid repeating mistakes that led to a major optical error in HST. The purpose of this paper is to summarize what the JWST program is doing to apply the lessons learned from HST. It includes a summary of how the HST optical error was made, the lessons learned there from, and how the JWST program is applying these lessons to avoid the mistakes of the past and ensure correct JWST optical performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7010, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 70100N (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.786490
Show Author Affiliations
Lee D. Feinberg, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Paul H. Geithner, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7010:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Mattheus W. M. de Graauw; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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