RSAA Colloquia / Seminars / Feast-of-Facts: Friday, 11 August 2017, 14:00-14:20; Duffield Lecture Theatre

Garth Illingworth

"A status update on JWST: Bringing one of the most challenging science"

JWST is one of the largest and most challenging science projects ever undertaken. It is approaching launch in late 2018 from French Guiana on an Ariane 5 rocket. The optical telescope assembly with the science instruments (OTIS) is currently in a very large vacuum chamber at Johnson Space Center undergoing cryogenic vacuum testing, while the spacecraft and the huge sunshield are being tested at Northrop Grumman in Los Angeles. This Integration and Testing (I&T) phase will dominate activities for the next year. I will talk about where we are in the program, and give some personal insights into what it takes to do such a remarkable mission. This will be informal and I look forward to questions and discussion.