Due to impacts from COVID-19 and technical challenges, the launch of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is now planned for . This decision is based on a recently completed schedule risk assessment of the remaining integration and test activities before launch. The new launch date factors include the impacts of augmented safety precautions, reduced on-site personnel and shift-work disruption.
Now that Webb has been assembled into its final form, the telescope will continue undergoing a final set of environmental tests before it is shipped to its launch site in Kourou, French Guiana. This week, electrical testing on Webb was successfully completed. Acoustics and vibration environmental tests of the full observatory are scheduled to start in . Ensuring that every element of the telescope functions properly before it gets to space is critical to its success.
The Canadian Space Agency is a proud partner of Webb, contributing two important elements of the most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Thanks to that contribution, Canadian scientists will take part in this exciting science mission that promises to change our understanding of the universe and our place in it.