James Webb Space Telescope won’t be ready for launch until mid-November given shipment date

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will not be ready for launch until mid-November, if not later, given the satellite’s current state of preparation, NASA Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen said.

The agency’s best guess, as of June 1, is that the satellite will be loaded onto a boat in California in late August, an event that will trigger the start of a 10-week launch campaign at Europe’s Guiana Space Center spaceport, located on the northeast coast of South America, Zurbuchen said.

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