Once beryllium was selected over glass as the material to be used for the primary mirrors for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), selecting the best industrial team to make the mirrors was pretty easy, says Scott Texter of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, the JWST's prime contractor. Texter manages the optical elements of the $5 billion project and works closely with Ball Aerospace, which is building the mirror system itself. They headed an evaluation team that put applicants ...


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