James Webb Space Observatory Launch Delayed Due To Final Integration and Test Phases

James Webb Space observatory launch delayed, as the advanced space telescope designed by NASA has to go through the final test phases and integrations, for what the observatory will take more time announce a successful mission.

Previously, the revised launch window for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was scheduled in 2019, which has now targeted for about May 2020, after the organization attempted an individual assessment of all remaining tasks designed for the highly intricate space observatory.

According to the latest post on the official website of NASA, the hardware of the spacecraft and telescope element observatory are being tested independently in order to meet the requirements. However, the data obtained from the Standing Review Board (SRB) notifies about additional time is required.


“Webb is the highest priority project for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate, and the largest international space science project in U.S. history”, said Robert Lightfoot, NASA’s Acting Administrator, “All the observatory’s flight hardware is now complete, however, the issues brought to light with the spacecraft element are prompting us to take the necessary steps to refocus our efforts on the completion of this ambitious and complex observatory.”

The device will be later set for the environmental testing at the observatory contractor of the project, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, California. The cost estimate will be provided by NASA that may surpass the projected development cost as $8 billion, right after deciding the new launching readiness date.

Associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen stated that, “Considering the investment NASA and our international partners have made, we want to proceed systematically through these last tests, with the additional time necessary, to be ready for a May 2020 launch.”