NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Arrives at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in California

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The optical telescope and integrated science instrument module (OTIS) of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope arrived at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, California, on Friday, Feb. 2. It was previously at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, where it successfully completed cryogenic testing.

In preparation for leaving Johnson, OTIS was placed inside a specially designed shipping container called the Space Telescope Transporter for Air, Road and Sea (STTARS). The container was then loaded onto a U.S. military C-5 Charlie aircraft at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, just outside of Johnson. From there, OTIS took a flight to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Upon its arrival, OTIS was driven from LAX to Northrop Grumman’s Space Park facility. OTIS and the spacecraft element, which is Webb’s combined sunshield and spacecraft bus, now both call Northrop home.


cwulfe1 says:

That music! I have scratched LP's that sound like that….over and over and over and over and over again. :o(

wage earner says:

I hope it isn't going to be launched in that SpaceX rocket that launched today. CEO Elon Musk claimed only 50% chance the thing would be a success.

Matthew Hammell says:

Why. Are. We. Letting. THEM. Touch. Something. This. Important. They cant even couple properly

221 b says:

But please double-check the mirror this time…

Tony Kibbie says:

Let's hope Northrup does a better job with their release system than they did with ZUMA, a loss which I seriously doubt. It was, after all, a spy satellite and what better way to set one up than to tell the world it was 'lost' when, in fact it is up there looking down on us at this moment. At least they didn't hang the 'loss' on SpaceX as far as I know- another interesting little cover-up ploy, don't you think? That said, I cannot wait to see what Webb sends back to us.

Invigorate says:

I know this has nothing to do with the video but FALCON HEAVY!


Oh man this is going to be the best gift to mankind since the Hubble. Thank you all of you working on this and thank jah we have smart engineers and scientists and they are all artists on this project.

kh40yr says:

Would love to get in on the haul.

Sebastian B says:


Dev says:

Hell yea! Wish I can be a part of something like this in the future

Pur3 Punjabi says:

When webb's going to takeoff the earth?

Andrew K says:

Man, this is going to be the most nerve-racking launch of ALL time

TheTruthQuest123 says:

ALiens are already here..

They are angels in our atmosphere

Spirits of the dead

trombonista92 says:

can you imagine if a car went off road on a highway bridge and crashed on it,

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