TRW Selected as Prime Contractor To Build NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

Press Release From: TRW, Inc.
Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2002

TRW Inc. has been selected by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Md., to build the James Webb Space Telescope, formerly known as the Next Generation Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. TRW will lead development of the observatory and build and integrate the spacecraft, which has been named in honor of NASA's second administrator.

The contract value announced by NASA is $824.8 million.

James Webb Space Telescope will peer into the infrared at great distances to see the first stars and galaxies formed in the universe billions of years ago. A component of NASA's Origins Program, James Webb Space Telescope will search for answers to astronomers' fundamental questions about the birth and evolution of galaxies, the size and shape of the universe, and the mysterious life cycle of matter.

"TRW is proud to be NASA's selection for this important mission to expand mankind's vision and understanding of the universe," said Tim Hannemann, president and chief executive officer, TRW Space & Electronics. "We are also pleased to extend our legacy of partnership with NASA on complex space science and remote sensing missions."

Members of the TRW team, which includes Ball Aerospace and Eastman Kodak, have played a major role on every one of NASA's Great Observatories. The James Webb Space Telescope program is led by NASA Goddard for NASA Headquarters Office of Space Science and consists of an international team involving NASA, the European Space Agency, Canadian Space Agency, industry and academia.

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