NASA has again delayed the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope due to the severe impact of the new crown outbreak. The mission was originally scheduled for october 31, 2021, but NASA has postponed the date until March 2021.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has foreseen the delay. After extensive review, NASA has proposed a new launch date to see if it is possible next March. The agency attributed the delay of about three months to social alienation and other precautions that had to be taken to protect people from the coronavirus.
However, the delay in this launch mission was not limited to the outbreak of the new crown virus. The schedule was increased by two months due to technical challenges encountered by main contractor Northrop Grumman in assembling telescopes and testing. In the course of developing the spacecraft, the company has dealt with a number of technical issues, such as the needer and loose screws during testing — and the accidental tearing of the aircraft’s thin sun visor, which is designed to protect the observatory from the sun’s high temperatures.
The James Webb Space Telescope’s main mirror is a staggering 6.5 meters (21.3 feet) wide, the largest mirror ever sent into space. In early March, NASA conducted a full-scale test of the James Webb Space Telescope’s main mirror deployment system. Thanks to the built-in electronic system, it is able to expand the mirror sandons on both sides to form a complete body.