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NIRCam mechanical support structure: from concept to qualification
Author(s): Paul V. Mammini
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Paper Abstract

Two optical modules, mounted back to back, comprise JWSTs NIRCam (Near Infrared Camera) instrument. Each module contains a short wavelength (SW) and long wavelength (LW) path. The instrument will be mounted to the ISIM (Integrated Science Instrument Module) of the spacecraft via a mechanical support structure. Within a fourteen month timeframe this aerospace structure was conceived, designed, analyzed, manufactured, integrated, tested and qualified for flight. This paper describes the technical product and its fast, affordable, and successful evolution from concept design to flight qualification, including critical decision points and lessons learned.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7439, Astronomical and Space Optical Systems, 74391B (17 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826223
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Paul V. Mammini, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7439:
Astronomical and Space Optical Systems
Penny G. Warren; James B. Heaney; Robert K. Tyson; Michael Hart; E. Todd Kvamme; Cheryl J. Marshall, Editor(s)

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