The $ 10 billion ($ 7.5 billion) launch of the James Webb Space Telescope belated again, after an incident during the final preparations to place the telescope on its launcher.
The spacecraft was scheduled to go into orbit on December 18th, but it won’t launch any earlier now December 22.
the Space telescope is located at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched by an Ariane 5 rocket from the European Space Agency (ESA). The project is an international partnership between NASA, Esa and the Canadian Space Agency.
The incident happened while technicians were preparing to connect Webb to the launcher’s adapter, which would then be used to attach the telescope to the top stage of the rocket. According to NASA, “a sudden, unplanned release of a Clamping band” took place. The clamping band fixes the spacecraft to the launch adapter and is then released in orbit so that the spacecraft can separate from the rocket. This unplanned release caused a vibration to travel through the telescope.
To be absolutely sure that the spacecraft remains in perfect condition, NASA has convened an anomaly board to examine the spacecraft and perform additional tests to ensure nothing has been damaged. As soon as this is completed, the start preparations will continue, provided there is no damage.