Northrop Grumman Corporation´s (NYSE:NOC)´s director of engineering for Aerospace Systems sector Timothy Martin has been recognized with the Robert H. Goddard Exceptional Achievement Award for Engineering by NASA´s Goddard Space Flight Center, the company said.
The award was in recognition of Martin´s work on NASA´s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
Northrop Grumman is under contract to NASA´s Goddard Space Flight Center for JWST and leads the industry team that designs and develops the telescope, its sunshield and spacecraft. The company has completed the integration, testing and delivery of the telescope. Northrop Grumman has a separate contract with NASA´s Jet Propulsion Lab for the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) Cryocooler, which keeps sensitive instruments at the low temperatures they need to operate.
Martin was selected for the award for his technical expertise and leadership of the team that completed the development, testing and delivery of the Webb telescope´s MIRI Cryocooler.
MIRI houses a camera and spectrograph, allowing the Webb telescope to view distant objects via infrared light. MIRI´s camera will provide wide-field imaging that will continue and extend to Webb, the astrophotography, and provide new physical insights on nearby stars and their planetary systems. In order to see in the infrared wavelength, this instrument must operate at temperatures as low as -447 F. The imperative component, responsible for ensuring the stabilization and operation at such low temperatures is the cryocooler, built by Northrop Grumman.
With more than 20 years of experience developing cryocooler technology, Northrop Grumman has produced and delivered over 35 space-qualified cooler systems to date, more than the rest of U.S. industry combined. Designed to operate more than 10 years with unchanged performance, Northrop Grumman coolers have accumulated more than 100 years of on-orbit performance without failure.
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