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2015 October 7

The NIRCam team recently attended the 2015 JWST Calibration Summit where members presented pipeline processing topics such as data requirements, reference files and data products. The team delivered updated Commissioning Activity Requests (CARs) to the Commissioning Timeline Working Group. They continue to support the following: requirements for JWST Solar System observations, documentation, Astronomers Proposal Templates (APT), and the Exposure Time Calculator (ETC). Preparations continue for Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) Cryo-Vacuum Test 3 (CV3) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. During CV3, the team will provide on-console support. Ongoing planning activities for CV3 include, weekly planning telecons and the Test Readiness Review (TRR).

2015 April 27

NIRCam was successfully reinstalled in the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) on April 8, 2015. Before reintegration, new short-wavelength-channel detectors passed their vibration test and were installed in Module A. Currently, the team is analyzing detector data from Cryo-Vacuum Test 2 (CV2), preparing for ISIM CV3, reviewing Commissioning Activity Requests (CARs), developing the Ops Concept for Long-wavelength Grism exoplanet observations and developing the calibration pipeline concept for grism data. Watch the video of NIRCam being removed from ISIM following CV2 at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.


2014 November 14

As part of the JWST Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM), NIRCam successfully completed Cryogenic Vacuum Test 2 (CV2) in early October. NIRCam performed as expected, and we obtained the first operational calibration data with the newly installed flight detectors. The detectors show excellent noise and background properties, easily meeting requirements. One detector, A2, was inoperable due to high currents in its electronics. This issue will be debugged during the interval before the next Cryogenic Vacuum Test (CV3), possibly replacing the detector with a backup (also of excellent quality). The team is currently planning for CV3, reviewing activities for in-flight commissioning, and developing the first flight-ready reference files for the calibration pipeline.

2014 July 17

The NIRCam team is currently supporting NIRCam operations as part of the full Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) as it undergoes the Cryo-Vacuum Test 2 (CV2) at Goddard Space Flight Center. The test began in June 2014 and is expected to continue into September. NIRCam has seen "first light" in both the short and long wavelength channels under cryogenic vacuum conditions much like the space environment in which the JWST instruments will operate. All instrument performance is as expected.

2014 May 07

NIRCam will undergo a full suite of testing during Cryo-Vacuum Test 2 (CV2) at Goddard Space Flight Center during Summer 2014. These tests are done in cryogenic and vacuum conditions, much like the space environment in which the telescope will operate.

2014 March 20

NIRCam has been successfully integrated within the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM). Watch the video of engineers integrating the NIRCam into ISIM structure at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.


2013 October 21

Arizona, Lockheed, and Goddard staff are in the process of replacing the focal plane arrays (FPAs) in NIRCam with the new flight units.

2013 September 29

NIRCam instrument vibration testing was successfully completed. Separate tests of flight versions of the Focal Plane Electronics (FPE) and the Instrument Control Electronics (ICE) are underway in California.

2013 July 27

NIRCam arrived at Goddard Space Flight Center. Final testing and integration of the instrument and its electronics will take place there prior to formal delivery in the fall.

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