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James Webb Space Telescope

L3Harris' Role

As part of the NASA team, L3Harris integrated components made by various partners to form the Optical Telescope Element, which will collect light and provide sharp images of deep space. L3Harris also combined the components of the Integrated Science Instrument Module, which hosts four cameras and spectrographs for gathering data. L3Harris later administered about 100 days of testing in a cryogenic vacuum chamber at Johnson Space Center to ensure the telescope elements perform in the harsh environment found in space.

Webb Space Telescope Mission

As the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, Webb is slated for launch in 2021 and will take three months to travel 1.5 million kilometers (940,000 miles) to a point in space where it will be balanced between the gravity of the Earth and the sun. Webb is a large, infrared-optimized telescope designed to study the formation of the first stars and galaxies, the evolution of galaxies, the production of elements by stars and the process of star and planet formation. Webb will be located much farther from Earth than Hubble and will contain a tennis court-sized sun shade that will keep the telescope cold, which is necessary for viewing infrared light. Webb will be packed inside and carried into orbit aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle.

Read more about the James Webb Space Telescope

NASA James Webb Space Telescope Testing at Johnson Space Center

Editorial | 04. 04. 2022

20 Years of Teamwork and Visionary Leadership Culminate with Triumphant Launch for Webb Telescope

As the space community celebrates the launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, L3Harris employees reflect on the road it took to get to this incredible moment for space exploration. From the adversity faced along the way to the camaraderie built and sustained throughout the monumental undertaking, L3Harris employees credit their success to their culture of collaboration.

NASA James Webb Space Telescope Testing at Johnson Space Center

Editorial | 04. 04. 2022

20 Years of Teamwork and Visionary Leadership Culminate with Triumphant Launch for Webb Telescope

Telescope alignment evaluation image. Credit: NASA/STScI

Press release | 03. 22. 2022

L3Harris’ Successful ‘Eye’ Integration, Extreme Testing Enabled James Webb Space Telescope Images

JWST

Editorial | 01. 18. 2022

L3Harris Plays Integral Role in NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Cryogenic Testing

James Webb Space Telescope Cyrogenic Testing

 

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Resources

Media Resources
Media Kit - L3Harris is mentioned on page 20
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