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James Webb Space Telescope
JWST Operations

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is responsible for the Science and Operations Center (S&OC) for the JWST (in a similar fashion as for Hubble) and as such plays an important role in the development of the JWST. STScI will also be doing flight operations for JWST. Since 1999, the Institute has been leading the development of an operations concept - the vision for how astronomers and operators will use JWST. Details can be found in the JWST Mission Operations Document (MOCD).

Astronomers view of the S&OC:- After submitting proposals and observing plans, proposals are selected in a peer review system similar to the one employed for HST. Once selected, the next few steps are generally invisible to the astronomer. The observing plan gets converted into a form suitable to command the spacecraft by the Flight Operations Team (FOT). The observations are scheduled, up-linked and executed, and the results are down-linked, all with the safety and efficiency of the observatory in mind. Calibration data is created and stored with the science data in the archive, at which point it becomes visible again to the astronomer. The S&OC will further provide software tools to aid proposal submission and data analysis, inform the general public through its Office of Public Outreach (OPO) and provide Grant Management.

The process of carrying out a science program on JWST can be summarized as follows: