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Updated September 28, 2017
Vibration Test Status Update




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Webb Spacecraft

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Timeframe Milestone Location
2017 Spring 2017: Ship Telescope &Instruments from Goddard to NASA's Johnson Space Center. GSFC->JSC
Fall 2017:Testing of Telescope ( info ) and Instruments ( images | info ) Complete. JSC
Fall 2017:Sunshield ( images | info ) and Spacecraft I&T Complete . NGAS


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2018 Integration of Telescope ( info ) and Instruments ( images | info ) to Sunshield ( images | info ) and Spacecraft NGAS
Testing of Full Observatory NGAS




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Timeframe Milestone Location
2019 Early Spring 2019 Launch site processing French Guiana
Late Spring 2019 Launch French Guiana
Fall 2019 End of Commissioning/Normal Science Operations. L2