SpaceX Demo-2 Launch Update

On May 27, 2020, SpaceX and NASA are planning to launch the SpaceX Demo-2 mission for its own Crew Dragon spacecraft. It will be the first American astronaut mission for SpaceX. SpaceX is founded in 2002 by Tesla creator, Elon Musk. His hopes are to use the program to have human colonization of Mars in the future. Two astronauts will pilot the mission — Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken — which, if successful, will last three months. The cost of this mission is near a staggering $8 billion venture, and it is hoped that this mission marks the first time that SpaceX has ever put a human in space.

The crew will travel to the International Space Station, where they are expected to stay for more than 100 days. As this is also NASA’s first shuttle mission since 2011, the readiness review for the journey will be given today if all goes to plan. SpaceX has had significant success in the past with the launch of 60 satellites for its Starlink program. The mission’s astronauts have entered a strict final quarantine before launch, and they are in final preparations for the ambitious May 27 launch. One of the mission’s most significant measures is to ensure that no one involved has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.

With this groundbreaking mission, it is hoped that SpaceX can hit the ground running with an extensive, constantly evolving list of innovations for not only space travel, but the world. It is certainly true today that technology knows no bounds. We at Lenox Laser would like to wish SpaceX the absolute best of luck with this endeavor. The world cheers you on. To read more about this mission, please go to SpaceX’s website.

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Lenox Earns the Contractor Team Spirit Award

The NASA space missions have been an unforgettable and permanent part of American history. A recent example is the STEREO mission; the objective of the STEREO mission was to study the sun’s many particles, compositions, and solar winds. Many photos were taken since the mission launch from Cape Canaveral on October 26, 2006. It lasted 12 years despite being planned for only two. The images taken from the mission could then be viewed as a 3-D image. Lenox Laser had the prestigious honor to design some of the instruments that would help guide STEREOS imaging systems.

For our part, Lenox Laser worked on the NASA/GFCF focus test for the EUV imager that would be put on board the STEREO. NASA’s Instrument Systems and Technology Division, the Contractor Team Spirit Award – was presented to Lenox Laser for our hard work. Without this and all other contributions to the STEREO, the images would not have been what they are today. The honor was beyond humbling for us. We hope to continue to watch NASA’s innovations in their awe-inspiring glory.

Courtesy of NASA

Lenox Laser can never put a price on the honor that it was to receive this award. To learn more about NASA itself or the other missions that we were honored to be part of, please visit Lenoxlaser.com and to explore the missions and even greater detail, visit NASA.com. Our thanks go out to all involved in helping make this award possible. It was a nod for the feat of engineering.

The Hubble Space Telescope – 30th Anniversary

April 24, 1990 would see the very first launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. Many of its missions and
accomplishments would go on to change how we look at space today. Next week, on April 24, 2020, the
telescope will mark its 30th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we at Lenox Laser are looking back at the
legacy of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Picture courtesy of NASA

When Hubble was being carried by the space shuttle Discovery (OV103), it was thought Hubble would only last an estimated 15 years. Still operational today in 2020, however, it
is believed that it could last for possibly another two decades. The Hubble Space Telescope is the largest
space-based object telescope ever to be built orbiting 353 million miles above the earth and is completely
unmanned. The Hubble Space Telescope can travel about 5 miles per second and record 350 gigabytes of
data for research every month. Interestingly, anyone can apply to use the Hubble Space Telescope but only
about a fifth of those applications are accepted. In its time, the Hubble Space Telescope has made over 1.3
million observations of stars, planets, and galaxies. The final shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope
took place on May 11, 2009.

Lenox Laser had the great fortune to be a part of the Hubble’s legacy starting in
1981 by helping design custom slits for the telescopes many instruments. We would also design custom
crosshair fiducials, which can be any object place in the field-of-view of an imaging system. They can be used
for many types of surveys, such as radiological and geological. Lenox Laser cannot be more grateful for such a
tremendous once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You can read more about Lenox Laser’s involvement here or if
you are interested in our optical solutions that we offer click here.

The Hubble Space Telescope has given a
massive new perspective on the views of space. 30 years is a great achievement, here’s to the hope that space
exploration never stops growing. To learn more about the Hubble Space Telescope, please visit NASA.

James Webb Telescope 2021 Update

The James Webb telescope is a hopeful key in unlocking the mystery and changing humankind’s
understanding of what’s beyond our Earth forever. The Hubble telescope proceeded James Webb launching in 1990 James Webb cost an astronomical $10 billion to build.

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It is predicted that we are given glimpses into the past of around 13 ½ billion years by using infrared light to
measure and study galaxies within galaxies per se. The quality of the satellite images is not just dependent on
technology inside the telescope, but also the size of its mirrors as they determine just how much detail the
satellite can see in. James Webb weighs 6 tons with a massive 21-foot mirror altogether. A small team has
resumed small portions of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Webb can find and measure baby
galaxies, which will hopefully give scientists a galaxy map with the level of detail that has never been seen
before.

This massive project was started in the hopes of studying the origins of our universe. Using infrared
technology and the light collected from years, for example, may give a status such as when the star began,
and why it became the size it is in so much more detail than ever thought possible.

With the telescope’s technology in the palm of our hand, we will now be able to see stars that may be billions
of years old. The future of space study has never looked brighter. It is believed that this project will enhance
astronomy to new heights. To learn more about James Webb or other space missions, please visit The NASA
or our blog section at Lenox Laser May the reach of humankind never be stopped by the boundaries of space.

James Webb Telescope Launch Update

Space — both infinite and unknown — is the last frontier for mankind. From the earliest day of humans, we have dreamed of what is lost in the array of stars; soon the James Webb telescope will provide more information on our quest to map the celestial bodies. With the launch of such a device on March 30, 2021, scientists and technicians working on the project believe the telescope will yield significant insights into the universe.

Unlike the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Telescope will go beyond Earth’s moon to the coldest, darkest places of the universe to answer questions. These questions from scientists range from the exact nature of dark matter to the formation and collision of infant galaxies. Webb is planned to go to the L2 point — the opposite side of Earth not facing the sun, and once it is in position, it will then observe the near- and middle-infrared areas of the galaxy in hopes of capturing very first stars in the universe. Of course, to monitor these different areas of the galaxy, it will need special equipment; and Lenox Laser is happy to assist.

Picture courtesy of NASA

Lenox Laser is honored to have provided the James Webb telescope with precision alignment targets for its mid-infrared instrument (MIRI). As the founder of Lenox Laser, Joe D’Entremont was even invited to see this process firsthand. Lenox Laser wishes the James Webb mission a very prosperous and successful journey.

With the launch of Webb on March 30, 2021, we look forward to seeing the incredible findings of the telescope. To find out more about the James Webb and other space missions, please visit the NASA or read our blog NASA series at Lenox Laser.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch

Lenox Laser would like to congratulate SpaceX on the Falcon Heavy Test Flight. Below is a link to their video of the spectacular event.


There’s a starman waiting in the sky.

James Webb Space Telescope – Completed

Today, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was unveiled by NASA administrator Charles Bolden. The team will now begin and extensive set of tests to see if the JWST can handle the extreme conditions of deep space and launch. Lenox Laser was proud to provide precision alignment targets fro the imaging system on the James Webb Space Telescope – the Mind-Infrared Instrument (MIRI).

Nobel Laureate Dr. John C Mather, the Senior Project Scientist on the James Webb Telescope, spoke at Lenox Laser during our 2nd Annual Light Seminar. His presentation “History of the Universe in a Nutshell: From the Big Bang to Life and the End of Time” is below.

To read more about the 2nd Annual Light Seminar click here.

To read more about the James Webb Space Telescope click here.

NASA Kepler Mission: Update

The NASA Kepler mission is currently in its second phase of operation since the recovery of the craft and launch of K2. A couple of years ago Kepler lost some important technology and had to return to Earth, but now with K2 being launched, the campaigns can continue.
The mission still retains its original goal of discovering earth-like planets and determining if any are habitable.
Lenox Laser was responsible for fabricating what the scientists over at NASA call the Starfield Plate. This plate consists of stainless steel laser drilled with an array of holes as small as 3 microns in diameter with the purpose of performing photometry.

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NASA Stereo Mission: Update

The STEREO probes continue to orbit the earth and obtain data despite completing its mission two years into the mission.October 1st, 2014, communications were disrupted between NASA and the Behind craft after a planned reset of the spacecraft’s systems. Ongoing attempts to resume communications with the Behind STEREO are happening. The two probes still monitor solar and heliospheric activity currently.

Lenox Laser fabricated custom parts and provided consulting services in support of testing the focus setting of one of the STEREO instruments during satellite integration at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. Without the assistance of the company the project nearly ended, for our help NASA awarded our team the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Instrument Systems and Technology Division 2006 Contractor Team Spirit Award.

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NASA Messenger Mission: Update

The Messenger mission came to an official end the previous year in 2015 with a planned impact with Mercury’s surface

The spacecraft began orbiting Mercury on March 17, 2011 and orbited a total of 4,105 times.The craft was successfully able to receive all the data it was sent to collect and more, wildly exceeding its expectations, recording information on magnetic anomalies, ice filled craters, and other previously undiscovered features of the planet. Lenox Laser was responsible for fabricating the High Power Ceramic Apertures used for spatial filtering aboard the NASA Messenger space craft. The filters were used to enhance the power of Messenger’s optics.

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