Resonate Testing conducted high level vibration and SRS shock testing on equipment that was used as part of the successful launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope on Christmas Day.
The telescope, the largest, most powerful and complex telescope ever built, has been described as a “time machine” by scientists and will allow astronomers to study the beginning of the universe shortly after the big bang, 13.8 billion years ago, as well as hunting for signs of life-supporting planets in our own galaxy.
Resonate Testing worked with Réaltra Space Systems Engineering, which played a critical role in the launch by providing video images of the separation of the fairings (equipment used to protect the spacecraft during launch) and the spacecraft from the rocket.
Réaltra Space Systems ensured that all products underwent a rigorous “qualification” test campaign, which validated that the design could survive the harsh environments of the launch and space with sufficient margin. The process included extensive testing by Resonate Testing’s team to ensure the tests were completed to the required space industry standards.
Managing Director of Resonate Testing, Tom Mallon, said, “Christmas was extra special this year. As a company we were extremely proud to have played a part in the successful launch of the huge Ariane 5 launcher and the James Webb telescope from the European Space Agency’s station in French Guiana. We have been working with Réaltra Space for some time, and in recent years we have been competing on a global level by exploiting key upstream resources and developing world-class space downstream capabilities.”
Resonate Testing provides a range of testing processes across many sectors. The company has seen an increasing number of tests within the Space Sector. In 2020, the company was awarded Platinum in the Innovate NI Innovation Accreditation programme for its cutting-edge processes that seen the delivery of high-quality live stream testing to global customers, including Réaltra, throughout the global pandemic.