Launching into space is not a gentle process for any spacecraft, which is why NASA rigorously tests its mechanical properties before sending them outside our planet. Today, NASA has announced the completion of environmental testing of the James Webb telescope, which ensures that the device can withstand strong vibrations, noises, noises and other disturbances upon final liftoff.
NASA announced the news Tuesday, calling its successful completion an “immortal milestone” for the project. The space agency says it is working closely with experts from overseas to ensure that environmental tests match the precise experience that the James Webb telescope will experience at launch and eventually into space and into orbit.
The official name for environmental testing is sine vibration and acoustic testing; it involves subjecting fully assembled space telescopes to harsh shaking, vibration and “deafening noise”. NASA says each component used to build the telescope is tested separately, but the latest series of tests has shown that the hardware can work properly when assembled together.
“Our telescope is a good example, and the successful completion of the observatory’s environmental tests is an important milestone in the launch process,” Bill Oakes, NASA’s James Webb Telescope Program Manager, said in a statement. Environmental tests have demonstrated Weber’s viability as he travels to space on a rocket, the most tested part of his orbit about a million miles from Earth. The multi-country team responsible for performing acoustic and vibration testing is made up of a group of outstanding and dedicated people who are typical representatives of the entire Weber team. “
As environmental testing progresses, NASA says the next step in the project will involve the final full extension of the Sun Shield and the main mirror. Assuming all this goes according to plan, the team will evaluate the entire space telescope before shipping it to the final launch.