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JWST NIRSpec mechanical design

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Jean-Christophe Salvignol

European Space Agency (Netherlands)

Karl Honnen, Reiner Barho

EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)

Proc. SPIE 7018, Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation, 70181Y (July 14, 2008); doi:10.1117/12.789858
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  • Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation
  • Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Dietrich Lemke
  • Marseille, France | June 23, 2008

abstract

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) mission is a collaborative project between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and is considered as the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The European contribution consists in providing the Ariane 5 launcher and two out of the four instruments: a combined mid-infrared camera/spectrograph (MIRI) and a near infrared spectrograph (NIRSpec). This article will address the mechanical aspects of NIRSpec by providing an overview of the design drivers and the related solutions for the structure, the thermal design and the mechanisms so as to achieve the required stringent optical performances. The industrial set-up and the project development status will also be presented.

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Jean-Christophe Salvignol ; Karl Honnen and Reiner Barho
"JWST NIRSpec mechanical design", Proc. SPIE 7018, Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation, 70181Y (July 14, 2008); doi:10.1117/12.789858; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.789858


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