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James Webb Space Telescope

James Webb Space Telescope


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  • Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built.
  • The Webb Telescope will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe. Northrop Grumman is focused on ensuring that this once unthinkable achievement becomes a reality. Identified as a top priority for astronomy and astrophysics by the National Research Council, the Webb Telescope is a key program for NASA and the scientific community and is central to the nation's ground- and space-based astrophysics program.
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James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope Team

NASA leads an international partnership that includes the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is managing the Webb Telescope project, and the Space Telescope Science Institute is responsible for science and mission operations, as well as ground station development.

As the prime contractor to develop the James Webb Space Telescope, Northrop Grumman is designing and building the deployable sunshield, providing the spacecraft and integrating the total system. The observatory subsystems are developed by a Northrop Grumman-led team with vast experience in developing space-based observatories.

Ball Aerospace: Optical design, mirrors, wavefront sensing, and control design and algorithms
Harris Corporation: Optical telescope integration and testing
University of Arizona: Near-Infrared Camera
European Space Agency (ESA): Near-Infrared Spectrograph
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), ESA: Mid-Infrared Instrument
Canadian Space Agency (CSA): Fine Guidance Sensor with Tunable Filter Module

Meet the JWST Engineers at Northrop Grumman


The Northrop Grumman engineers behind the James Web Space Telescope have no easy task. It has taken one hundred million hours of people’s lives to build JWST, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Hear from the engineers who take pride in what they’re accomplishing – writing the next chapters of space exploration history.
Meet the JWST Engineers at Northrop Grumman

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