February marked remarkable progress for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope as it completed its final functional performance tests at Northrop Grumman, based in Redondo Beach, California.
According to a Space Coast Daily report, the test teams successfully completed two milestones that verified that the observatory’s internal electronics are all working, as they are designed to, as shown in the Cosmoknowledge YouTube video below, and that the spacecraft space, including its four scientific instruments, can both deliver and receive data appropriately via the same network they will use in space.
Such milestones bring NASA’s telescope closer to preparation for launch later this year, particularly in October. Said tests are known as the all-inclusive systems test, which took place in the Northrop Grumman, and the ground segment test, which took place in conjunction with the Baltimore Space Telescope Science Institute.
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