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17 September 2009 NIRCam mechanical support structure: from concept to qualification
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Two optical modules, mounted back to back, comprise JWSTs NIRCam (Near Infrared Camera) instrument. Each module contains a short wavelength (SW) and long wavelength (LW) path. The instrument will be mounted to the ISIM (Integrated Science Instrument Module) of the spacecraft via a mechanical support structure. Within a fourteen month timeframe this aerospace structure was conceived, designed, analyzed, manufactured, integrated, tested and qualified for flight. This paper describes the technical product and its fast, affordable, and successful evolution from concept design to flight qualification, including critical decision points and lessons learned.
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Paul V. Mammini "NIRCam mechanical support structure: from concept to qualification", Proc. SPIE 7439, Astronomical and Space Optical Systems, 74391B (17 September 2009);

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