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Webb Area Telescope Put On Top of Ariane 5 Rocket in Preparation for Release

Webb Area Telescope Put On Top of Ariane 5 Rocket in Preparation for Release

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By European Space Agency (ESA)
December 14, 2021

James Webb Space Telescope Ariane 5 Launcher

Artist’s impression of the James Webb Space Telescope (Webb), folded in the Ariane 5 rocket throughout launch from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Credit: ESA– D. Ducros

On Saturday, December 11, the James Webb Space Telescope was put on top of the Ariane 5 rocket that will introduce it to area from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

After its arrival in the last assembly structure, Webb was raised gradually about 40 m high and after that thoroughly navigated on top of Ariane 5, after which specialists bolted Webb’s launch automobile adapter to the rocket.

This entire procedure was carried out under stringent security and tidiness guidelines, as it was among the most fragile operations throughout the whole launch project for Webb.

A ‘shower drape’ about 12 m high and 8 m in size was set up in between 2 platforms, to develop a closed-off area around Webb to prevent any contamination.

The next action is to encapsulate Webb inside Ariane 5’s specifically adjusted fairing.

Webb will be the biggest, most effective telescope ever introduced into area. As part of a worldwide partnership contract, ESA is supplying the telescope’s launch service utilizing the Ariane 5 launch car. Dealing with partners, ESA was accountable for the advancement and certification of Ariane 5 adjustments for the Webb objective and for the procurement of the launch service by Arianespace.

Webb is a global collaboration in between NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

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