The $10bn (£7.5bn) James Webb Space Telescope is launched delayed again, following an incident during final preparations to mount the telescope atop his launch vehicle.
The spacecraft was supposed to be put into orbit on December 18 but will not launch earlier 22 December,
NS space telescope is at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched using an Ariane 5 rocket supplied by the European Space Agency (ESA). The project is an international partnership between NASA, Essa and the Canadian Space Agency.
The incident occurred while technicians were preparing to attach Webb to the launch vehicle adapter, which would then be used to fix the telescope to the rocket’s upper stage. According to NASA, the “sudden, unplanned release of a” clamp bandhappened. The clamp band fixed the spacecraft to the launch adapter and then released into orbit, causing the spacecraft to detach from the rocket. This unplanned release caused a vibration to travel through the telescope.
To make sure the spacecraft is in perfect shape, NASA has set up an anomaly board to conduct additional tests and checks on the spacecraft to make sure nothing has been damaged. Once this is over, preparations for the launch will resume, assuming no damage.