That is why the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope may be delayed


 

A report revealed that the James Webb Space Telescope may be nearly ready to be sent into space, but a launch vehicle problem could cause the launch to be delayed from its October date. The telescope will be launched using the Ariane 5 rocket, a historically very reliable French launch vehicle. However, the company that makes the Ariane 5, Arianespace, assured SpaceNews that there were issues with the aerodynamic separation over the final two rocket launches.

According to a report issued by Digital Trends, the flow is a cone that protects the payloads inside the missile from the intense heat and pressure that occur during launch. Fairings are usually created from two halves, which separate once the missile reaches a sufficient height so that additional protection is not required. Then they fall away from the missile.


According to the European Space Agency, the Ariane 5 fairing, which has a diameter of more than 5 meters is divided and disposed of more than 3 minutes after takeoff, at an altitude of more than 100 km 62 miles.


Arianespace did not provide further details on the exact issue with the Fairing chapter, although the affected launches were successful and the payloads were not damaged, but given the James Webb telescope's cost and accuracy, any potential issue is cause for concern.


Arianespace told SpaceNews said, we have decided to conduct a set of additional checks with RUAG Aerospace Engineering and ArianeGroup to ensure the best level of quality and reliability. These investigations are still progressing positively.


The goal is to launch the telescope on Ariane 5 in October of this year, although some experts believe that this date may need to be postponed now, there are two scheduled Ariane 5 launches every now and then, so it can provide more information about the state of The missile.


The good news is that, unlike other missions, like missions to Mars, the telescope does not need to launch at a certain time, the Mars mission has a strict launch window because Mars and Earth are close to each other once every two years, so if a mission loses its window - like ExoMars' European and Russian mission last summer due to the Coronavirus - it should be postponed due to the Coronavirus by two full years.


But the telescope will launch into a solar orbit, at what is called the Lagrange Point. This is a stable orbit between the sun and the Earth, essentially allowing the telescope to be off so that it can be launched at any time.


However, the launch date of the telescope has been pushed back several times, and its delay could add to the frustration with the pace of the project.

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