Keynote address

Keynote Address During the IEST Membership Meeting and Awards Luncheon

The “Very Cool” James Webb Space Telescope
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 12 - 1:15 p.m. 
Peter Teague, Sierra Lobo, Inc. at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

For over twenty years, scientists, engineers, technicians, and other personnel have worked on the next generation space telescope. As a partnership between NASA, CSA, and ESA, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will complement the previous research performed by the Hubble by utilizing a larger primary mirror, which will also be optimized for infrared wavelengths. This combination will allow JWST to collect data and take images of light having traveled over 13.7B light years.

This presentation will focus on the mission, as well as the contamination control challenges during the integration and testing in the NASA Goddard Spacecraft Systems Development and Integration Facility (SSDIF), one of the largest cleanrooms in the world. Additional information will be presented regarding space simulation testing down to a cool 20°K [-424°F] that will occur at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, and more testing and integration at Northrop Grumman Corp., in Redondo Beach, CA.

Launch of the JWST is currently scheduled for the spring of 2019 at Ariane Spaceport in French Guiana, South America.

About the Speaker
Peter Teague is a Contamination Control Expert, specializing in Space Systems, and is currently working for Sierra Lobo, Inc. at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. Teague is a Senior Member of the IEST (Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology) and has been participating in industry Working Groups for more than 30 years writing and revising Contamination Control Recommended Practices. He currently manages Goddard’s Spacecraft Systems Development and Integration Facility (SSDIF), one of the largest cleanrooms in the world, where the James Webb Space Telescope was recently integrated, certified clean, and packaged. Teague is also an amateur astronomer having owned over a dozen telescopes and a member of the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston since 1996. He previously performed planetarium shows in the Charles Hayden Planetarium and co-managed the museum’s rooftop observatory at the Boston Museum of Science. Teague holds a BSEE from Northeastern University and an MBA from Bentley University.

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