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James Webb Space Telescope sees more delays


Posted on Friday, 29 June, 2018 | Comment icon 6 comments

The James Webb Space Telescope will offer an unprecedented view of the cosmos. Image Credit: NASA
The ambitious new space telescope continues to be plagued by a never-ending string of setbacks.
Given the sheer number of delays that have befallen the next-generation telescope, it is difficult to imagine how its original estimated launch date of 2007 could have ever been achieved.

Earlier this year the launch was pushed back until May 2020 and now, following an analysis by an Independent Review Board (IRB), it has been delayed yet again until March 30th, 2021.

Chief among the issues that prompted the delay were anomalies recorded during acoustic tests, such as screws and washers coming loose - not a good thing to happen when the telescope is in space.

It is also possible that further issues could prompt even more delays in the future.

To date, the cost of the project has ballooned from $1.6 billion to a whopping $8.8 billion.

If the telescope does ultimately manage to achieve its goals however, it should be well worth it.

Source: Extreme Tech | Comments (6)

Tags: James Webb Space Telescope

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Merc14 on 28 June, 2018, 13:04
NASA has determined that the JWST launch date has been pushed back another year from March 2020 to March 2021 due to unexpected integration complications.  NASA administrator explains in the linked article. https://www.space.com/41016-nasa-delays-james-webb-space-telescope-2021.html
Comment icon #2 Posted by kartikg on 28 June, 2018, 14:53
Should take this time to upgrade some tech and reduce weight. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 28 June, 2018, 15:09
Which would require major work, increase the delays by many years and add billions to an already late and over budget project.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Nzo on 2 July, 2018, 23:02
Perfect example of Nasa incompetence. If this were a privately held company there is NO WAY they would be over budget by 5.5x and still have a job. The program would have been cut. The article did not say but I am willing to bet and I could be wrong but that the majority of the people involved in this program have not been cut and replaced with competent people. It would have been better and cheaper had Nasa just asked the Indian Space agency to do it for them. Probably would have cost a tenth of the cost of the original. Man has NASA fallen over the decades. I hope Trumps Space army gets thin... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 3 July, 2018, 0:14
A perfect example of a post from someone with an anti-NASA agenda and no clue what they are talking about. Most of the work on this project was done by prime contractor Northrop Grumman and main subcontractor Ball Aerospace... both privately held companies, which rather blows a hole in your argument. Cheaper may be. Better, you must be joking. ISRO'S doesn't have the experience, technology or expertise to produce a space telescope of this sophistication.  Maybe you think it is better to have a cheap telescope that doesn't work than an expensive one that doesn't. If it had been left up to peopl... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Nzo on 3 July, 2018, 0:59
There is no 'hole' in my argument. The funds are being supplied by the government, Nasa manages those funds and gives contracts to sub contractors etc. Trust me if any private corporation had to fund this on their own without government money they would have scrapped it long ago. They would not even do it because there is no profit in it unless you get the stupid government to fund it then go 5.5x over budget. Nasa currently is a massive failure and projects like this are perfect examples of how mismanaged and I will say corrupt Nasa has become. Everyone at Nasa involved in this project should... [More]


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