- Oct 30, 2009
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This week, the James Webb Space Telescope (JSWT) got its brain. Or at least the bit responsible for its memory. The first solid-state electronics unit that will store the telescope's data was delivered by contractor SEAKR Engineering to the telescope's manufacturer, Northrop Grumman.
It's a major milestone leading up the JWST's launch since without data there would be no mission. "All the digital data Webb gathers about our universe... is stored on the onboard solid state recorder until it is delivered to the world's scientists," said Scott Willoughby, vice president and Webb program manager at Northrop Grumman.