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Redstone
post Aug 23 2005, 02:01 PM
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The manufacture of the JWST mirror blanks has now been completed.

Despite this milestone, the fate of JWST is still somewhat precarious, because although the scientific bang from the telescope is expected to be huge, the bucks required have increased to a staggering $4.5 billion. A Space.com article on the squeeze in NASA's space-based astronomy plans gives some background.

The JWST home page can be found here.

The Space Telescope Science Institute, which runs Hubble, also has a site here. As does ESA.
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post Jun 10 2007, 11:25 PM
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Direct from its Washington premier just last month, the next really big thing in space exploration has arrived in Dublin this week to highlight the past, present and future of Ireland's contribution to space research. Construction crews at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham spent three days assembling a full-scale model of the two-storey-high behemoth that will replace the legendary Hubble Space Telescope as humanity's sharpest eye on the cosmos.




The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, through it's School of Cosmic Physics, has been actively involved in space missions since the earliest days of space exploration, and this week it is hosting an international meeting of the scientists and engineers who are designing a revolutionary new observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Approximately 300 people will attend the meeting, which will be held in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham from Monday June 11th. to Thursday June 14th .




The JWST is named after the public servant who led America's project to land astronauts on the Moon, but it is a truly international enterprise. The Dublin Institute is providing optical filters for a key instrument aboard the telescope.




“We are immensely proud to be involved in this exciting new project,” said Professor Tom Ray, who works with a team of graduate students in the Institute's School of Cosmic Physics to understand how stars like our own Sun came to be in the first place. The new telescope will also study supermassive black holes and help in the search for planets that might harbour life.




The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies is involved in the telescope project through Ireland's membership of the European Space Agency, and special funding for this Irish contribution came from Enterprise Ireland. Barry Fennell of EI’s International Science & Technology Dept explained that while Ireland contributes to ESA, it also gets much in return: “In the last 7 years, over 50 Irish companies and 10 University research teams have secured contracts with a cumulative value of €35 million. In addition, commercial business being generated by Irish companies and academics directly from ESA-supported developments is estimated to be worth about €25 million a year”.




The large telescope model was brought to Ireland with the help of the Northrop Grumman corporation, prime contractors for the space telescope project. Additional sponsorship came from Omega Air, the Dublin-based aviation services company, and from FÁS, whose skilled apprentices found themselves working on something out of this world.




The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies plans to use the huge model of the space telescope as the centrepiece of a summer-long campaign to raise public awareness of Ireland's involvement in cutting-edge science. The Institute is probably best-known to Dubliners as the custodian of Dunsink Observatory, a much-loved Dublin landmark with a unique place in the history of astronomy.
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- Redstone   James Webb Space Telescope   Aug 23 2005, 02:01 PM
- - djellison   Just how does it end up costing $4.5B ( which...   Aug 23 2005, 02:10 PM
- - Redstone   Well, a 6.5m telescope is pretty big even on the g...   Aug 23 2005, 02:42 PM
|- - Bob Shaw   The JWST has always struck me as being a prime exa...   Aug 23 2005, 03:03 PM
|- - dilo   4.5 billion is a lot. If I'm not wrong, this i...   Aug 23 2005, 09:22 PM
|- - GravityWaves   QUOTE (dilo @ Aug 23 2005, 06:22 PM) 4.5 ...   Apr 1 2006, 07:27 PM
- - Redstone   It seems JWST is safe from outright cancellation f...   Aug 26 2005, 09:50 PM
|- - antoniseb   QUOTE (Redstone @ Aug 26 2005, 04:50 PM)JWST ...   Aug 26 2005, 10:31 PM
|- - Bob Shaw   IMHO, JWST should be put on hold, and then back ou...   Aug 26 2005, 10:39 PM
- - Redstone   First JWST mirror segment delivered for polishing....   Oct 9 2005, 04:16 PM
- - BruceMoomaw   "Really, it's nuts to NOT make JWST man-t...   Oct 9 2005, 10:07 PM
- - SigurRosFan   "The James Webb Space Telescope is a large, i...   Oct 9 2005, 10:24 PM
- - Redstone   Some more detail on the JWST delay to 2013. The ar...   Nov 21 2005, 01:53 PM
- - AlexBlackwell   I moved this from a thread I started to this one. ...   Mar 8 2006, 08:56 PM
- - BruceMoomaw   My attempt to attach this article failed; it overl...   Mar 14 2006, 03:07 AM
- - BruceMoomaw   Particularly interesting quotes from the article: ...   Mar 14 2006, 03:47 AM
- - AlexBlackwell   To keep things tidy and prevent sprawling, disconn...   Mar 14 2006, 05:02 PM
- - ljk4-1   James Webb Telescope Sunshield Membrane Passes Tes...   May 16 2006, 02:44 PM
- - ljk4-1   ATK To Provide More Components For James Webb Spac...   May 31 2006, 05:53 PM
- - ljk4-1   Astrophysics, abstract astro-ph/0606175 From: Jon...   Jun 9 2006, 07:28 PM
- - Decepticon   I'm looking forward to seeing alpha centauri i...   Jun 16 2006, 10:29 PM
- - DonPMitchell   QUOTE JWST is a partnership between ESA, NASA, and...   Jun 16 2006, 10:35 PM
|- - GravityWaves   QUOTE (DonPMitchell @ Jun 16 2006, 07:35 ...   Jul 5 2006, 01:09 AM
- - Littlebit   http://www.irconnect.com/noc/press/pages/n....mhtm...   Jan 22 2007, 03:27 PM
- - SigurRosFan   - Telescope mirror nears completion QUOTE Enginee...   Feb 9 2007, 05:36 PM
- - GravityWaves   "6.6m (22ft) in diameter", that's fa...   Feb 19 2007, 02:12 PM
- - ollopa   NASA, ESA and the CSA are holding a technical rev...   May 21 2007, 01:09 PM
- - helvick   Great stuff - finally something to go to that is c...   May 21 2007, 06:24 PM
- - djellison   This thread will be useless without pics. You hav...   May 21 2007, 08:18 PM
- - helvick   I'm on it boss.   May 21 2007, 08:32 PM
- - jaredGalen   Some one has posted some pics (2) of the Full scal...   May 23 2007, 10:23 AM
- - djellison   That's two of you. STEREO OBSERVATIONS. Do i...   May 23 2007, 10:35 AM
- - AlexBlackwell   NASA Adds Docking Capability For Next Space Observ...   May 23 2007, 07:29 PM
- - jaredGalen   Anyone have new info on events associated with nex...   Jun 6 2007, 11:11 AM
- - helvick   I stopped by the Royal Hospital today at lunchtime...   Jun 8 2007, 02:27 PM
- - ollopa   Members of this forum are especially welcome to th...   Jun 9 2007, 01:17 AM
- - ollopa   Currently - and remember these things can change -...   Jun 9 2007, 01:53 AM
|- - helvick   I just re-arranged my Monday schedule so I'll ...   Jun 9 2007, 01:31 PM
- - helvick   I went back to check on the model's progress a...   Jun 9 2007, 05:19 PM
- - climber   Thanks helvick. I'll come to Ireland by mid au...   Jun 9 2007, 06:01 PM
- - helvick   My understanding is that it is going to remain for...   Jun 9 2007, 09:43 PM
|- - ollopa   QUOTE (helvick @ Jun 9 2007, 10:43 PM) It...   Jun 10 2007, 12:53 AM
- - nprev   Helvick, do you know the rest of its schedule? Hop...   Jun 10 2007, 12:22 AM
- - ollopa   Direct from its Washington premier just last month...   Jun 10 2007, 11:25 PM
- - nprev   This is gonna sound trite, but damn that thing is ...   Jun 11 2007, 01:25 AM
- - dilo   What an impressive shot, allopa! I'm fasci...   Jun 11 2007, 06:00 AM
- - helvick   As promised by Ollopa UMSF folks were allowed to a...   Jun 11 2007, 09:39 PM
|- - Analyst   QUOTE (helvick @ Jun 11 2007, 09:39 PM) N...   Jun 19 2007, 12:46 PM
- - helvick   Oh and I forgot to thank Ollapa for the inivtation...   Jun 11 2007, 09:44 PM
- - djellison   Good job - your forum title has been appropriately...   Jun 11 2007, 10:12 PM
- - ollopa   It seems to be one of the worst-kept secrets in As...   Jun 16 2007, 02:54 PM
- - helvick   JWST Partner's Workshop - Dublin 11 June 2007 ...   Jun 19 2007, 07:22 PM
- - helvick   JWST Partner's Workshop - Dublin 11 June 2007 ...   Jun 19 2007, 08:55 PM
- - PhilCo126   Just superb: http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/obj...   Apr 22 2008, 04:00 PM
- - climber   Air & Cosmos oct 17th issue says that a mockup...   Oct 18 2008, 03:55 PM
|- - Oersted   I think this is the best deployment animation: ht...   Dec 3 2008, 11:54 PM
- - bkellysky   A full-sized mockup of the James Webb Space Telesc...   Jun 4 2010, 08:02 PM
- - Ron Hobbs   Xinhua has some really great pictures of the mock-...   Jun 4 2010, 09:12 PM
- - bkellysky   Photo of the mock-up from the world science festiv...   Jun 5 2010, 01:04 PM
- - Ron Hobbs   bob, That is a great picture! Thanks.   Jun 5 2010, 03:44 PM
- - Big_Gazza   Oh dear, the spectre of cancellation of the JWST i...   Jul 7 2011, 10:42 AM
- - Syrinx   I became ill when I read about this yesterday. I ...   Jul 7 2011, 09:38 PM
- - nprev   Let's all take a deep breath, calm down, and h...   Jul 7 2011, 11:08 PM
- - Explorer1   Surely the components already made won't be tr...   Jul 8 2011, 12:58 AM
- - Hungry4info   If it goes like SIM(-lite), the hardware will prob...   Jul 8 2011, 03:12 AM
- - Greg Hullender   If no one has any new facts to bring to the discus...   Jul 8 2011, 02:56 PM
- - nprev   Also recall that Dawn WAS effectively cancelled fo...   Jul 9 2011, 12:19 AM
- - Mongo   News Flash: James Webb Space Telescope SAVED! ...   Sep 15 2011, 09:03 PM
- - djellison   How many times do I have to clean up this thread b...   Sep 15 2011, 09:59 PM


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