James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the world’s largest space based telescope, and it will explore the very first galaxies formed in the Universe.

The telescope is expected to be launched in 2019.

JWST is designed for observations in the infrared spectrum. It is developed in coordination among NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency.

DTU Space participates in the use of data from the mission and has supplied equipment for the telescope—including in the form of an ultra-strong carbon fibre construction that supports parts of the telescope.

DTU Space has provided the primary support structure for the Mid Infrared Instrument on the Telescope. DTU Space has obtained support from the ESA PRODEX Programme and has a contract with the Danish ACE/XPERION company for production and testing. Through this, Danish astrophysicists will be involved in the JWST Science Programme.


Contact persons:

Hans Ulrik Nørgaard Nielsen  

Allan Hornstrup

Niels Christian Jessen