This paper looks at the key programmatic and technical drivers of the James Webb Space Telescope and assesses ways to building more cost-effective telescopes in the future. The paper evaluates the top level programmatics for JWST along with the key technical drivers from design through integration and testing. Actual data and metrics from JWST are studied to identify what ultimately drove cost on JWST. Finally, the paper assesses areas where applying lessons learned can reduce costs on future observatories and will provide better insights into critical areas to optimize for cost.
Lee Feinberg, Jonathan Arenberg, Dave Yanatsis, and Paul Lightsey, "Breaking the cost curve: applying lessons learned from the James Webb space telescope development," Proc. SPIE 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 1069823 (Presented at SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation: June 14, 2018; Published: 6 July 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2309661.
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