Webb Telescope and Arianespace: “all eyes will be on us”


INTERVIEW – Stéphane Israël, president of Arianespace, details the stakes of this historic launch, the most expensive in history, for Ariane and space Europe.

Stéphane Israël, president of Arianespace, details the stakes of this historic launch, the most expensive in history, for Ariane and space Europe.

LE FIGARO. – Ariane 5 is due to take off on December 25 to launch the James Webb telescope, NASA’s most iconic and costliest science project. Is everything ready? Has the incident that occurred at the end of November been resolved?

Stéphane ISRAEL. – The incident that occurred while strapping the telescope is behind us. It obviously did not affect the integrity of James Webb. We have also just overcome a problem of connection between the telescope and its ground support equipment. Given the bad weather in Guyana, the new target launch date is December 25, a beautiful symbol, at the end of an extraordinary three-month campaign, compared to one month for a conventional satellite. The launcher was transferred to the launch pad on Thursday and is ready to perform its mission. Everything is “nominal”!

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