Space & Planetary Science: March 2018 Archives

NASA Announces Senior Leadership Changes to Refocus Launch Readiness Efforts for Webb Telescope

"NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is taking essential steps to refocus efforts to ensure a successful mission for the agency's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) after an independent assessment of remaining tasks revealed more time is needed for testing and integration to meet a new launch window of approximately May 2020. Webb is SMD's highest priority project and the largest international space science project in U.S. history. All of the observatory's flight hardware is now complete. To best assure launch readiness, SMD has made the following personnel changes:"

NASA Hosts Media Teleconference on Status of James Webb Space Telescope

NASA's Webb Observatory Requires More Time for Testing and Evaluation; New Launch Window Under Review

"NASA's James Webb Space Telescope currently is undergoing final integration and test phases that will require more time to ensure a successful mission. After an independent assessment of remaining tasks for the highly complex space observatory, Webb's previously revised 2019 launch window now is targeted for approximately May 2020."

"From: James Green, Director, NASA's Planetary Science Division via Lunar and Planetary Institute: After analysis and consultation with the Department of Energy, NASA's Planetary Science Division is pleased to announce that the ban on the use of Radio-isotope Power Systems (RPS) by proposers responding to the upcoming Discovery 2018 Announcement of Opportunity (AO) has been removed. Proposers will be able to include the use of up to two (2) Multi-mission Radio-Isotope Thermal Generators (MMRTG's) to enable or significantly enhance their mission concept. Costs to be borne by proposers for the MMRTGs, the related environmental impact assessments, and the required Nuclear Launch Approval process will be announced once determined."


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