SPHEREx Observatory Starts Final Assembly

News Release • March 21st, 2024
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Picture of the on-going assembly of the SPHEREx spacecraft taken in BAE facility in Boulder, CO. A BAE Systems engineer is actively working in this assembly in the foreground while SPHEREx instrument team members Ross Williamson, Branislav Kecman and Howard Hui (left to right) are working in the background (Credit: BAE Systems)

After a successful and on schedule delivery of the payload by the Caltech and JPL SPHEREx team to BAE Systems in Boulder, CO, the final assembly or the SPHEREx spacecraft has began. In the picture below, you can see two of the three SPHEREx photon shields attached. Hidden inside the photon shield and invisible in this picture lie the SPHEREx telescope and instruments. The conic photon shields will protect the telescope from the light and heat of the Sun and Earth.


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