A role will be played by Ball Aerospace in developing the next-generation space telescope of NASA. The firm has been granted an indenture worth around $113.2 Million to develop primary instrument parts for Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) of NASA.
The new telescope, likely to be geared up by the mid-2020s for launch at a total cost of approximately $3.2 Billion, is being hyped by the space agency as the “wide-eyed cousin” of Hubble Space Telescope. Ball’s technology will assist to capture those images.
“It is going to be capturing the largest images of the universe we have ever had,” stated Claire Saravia with the office of communication at Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA in Maryland.
For the WFIRST assignment, the firm will “design, examine, develop, manufacture, assimilate, evaluate, and assess the Wide Field Instrument Opto-Mechanical Assembly,” as per a news release of NASA. The instrument will be having the capability of capturing 300 MP pictures 100x bigger than the Hubble Space Telescope with the identical level of clarity and detail.
The task of the telescope—anticipated to be in orbit for around 6 Years—is, partly, to attempt to answer few fundamental queries regarding the Universe’s nature.
Particularly, NASA scientists expect to utilize WFIRST to assist in understanding why the universe’s expansion seems to be speeding up. Also, the telescope is anticipated to study 100 Million stars and can find out thousands of more planets, as per the space agency website.
Apart from this, the Ball Aerospace has recently declared that it finished the handing over of the next-generation, sophisticated polar-orbiting weather satellite of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to NASA. That project, named the Joint Polar Satellite System, “is one of the most sophisticated operational environmental system ever designed by the industry and government, as per a press release by Ball.