Boulder-Based Ball Aerospace Will Help Build NASA’s Next-Generation Space Telescope
NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope is expected to be ready for launch by the mid-2020s, dubbed by the space agency as the Hubble Space Telescope’s “wide-eyed cousin.”
In order to meet the launch date goal, NASA has awarded a contract worth approximately $113.2 million to build primary instrument components to Boulder, Colorado’s Ball Aerospace.
The next-generation space telescope will take around $3.2 billion to be constructed when it’s all said and done.
“It’s going to be getting the biggest pictures of the universe we’ve ever had,” said Claire Saravia with the communication’s office at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.