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James Webb 'event' causes launch to slip - oops...
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 24, 2021 09:42AM
Satellites should be neither shaken nor stirred. Launch is bad enough.

[arstechnica.com]

""Technicians were preparing to attach Webb to the launch vehicle adapter, which is used to integrate the observatory with the upper stage of the Ariane 5 rocket," NASA said in a blog post. "A sudden, unplanned release of a clamp band—which secures Webb to the launch vehicle adapter—caused a vibration throughout the observatory.""
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Re: James Webb 'event' causes launch to slip - oops...
Posted by: Acer
Date: November 24, 2021 11:52AM
Nooooooo!
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Re: James Webb 'event' causes launch to slip - oops...
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: November 24, 2021 12:52PM
GULP!

The Webb is (to the best of my research) the single most expensive payload in the history of spaceflight...
I think it's fair to say that if it fails, there would be no new space telescope program started for at least a full generation.
I really want Webb to work!



Paul F.
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Re: James Webb 'event' causes launch to slip - oops...
Posted by: Acer
Date: November 24, 2021 03:43PM
On the other hand, you're about to launch this thing on a rocket to send it 930,000 miles into space. Surely some vibration has to be accommodated.
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Re: James Webb 'event' causes launch to slip - oops...
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 24, 2021 03:58PM
We don’t do space telescopes well. But we sure can fix them.





Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: James Webb 'event' causes launch to slip - oops...
Posted by: jonny
Date: November 24, 2021 04:08PM
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