A computer-generated image of NASA’s WFIRST observatory. Image: NASA
On schedule to launch in the mid-2020s, NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission will help uncover some of the biggest mysteries in the cosmos. The state-of-the-art telescope on the WFIRST spacecraft will play a significant role in this, providing the largest picture of the universe ever seen with the same depth and precision as the Hubble Space Telescope.
The telescope for WFIRST has successfully passed its preliminary design review, a major milestone for the mission. This means the telescope has met the performance, schedule, and budget requirements to advance to the next stage of development, where the team will finalise its design.
“It’s exciting to picture our new telescope out in space, exploring the universe, and we look forward to pushing the boundaries of human knowledge,” said Scott Smith, WFIRST telescope manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
WFIRST is leveraging existing hardware that was transferred to NASA, and the development is much further along at this point than it would be if the telescope had originated with WFIRST. While many of the inherited components are being modified or reconfigured to function as part of the ...