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Extraction & Deployment

These videos show the James Webb Space Telescope extracting, deploying, and unfolding.

Images of the satellite deploying.

Deployment

January 2014 animation showing the deployment sequence of the sunshield and the mirror. There is a second sped up version.

Credit: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Length: 3 minutes 6 seconds, and 1 minute 53 seconds
Formats: YouTube, 95 MB.wmv (sped up: YouTube, 14 MB .wmv)

Deployment

September 2010 animation showing the deployment sequence of the sunshield and the mirror. This feature is longer than the one below.

Credit: NASA/Northrop Grumman
Length: 1 minute, 40 seconds
Formats:Quicktime: 60.2 MB .mov, 18.1 MB .m4v, 59.7 MB .wmv, and YouTube

Deployment

September 2010 animation showing the deployment sequence of the sunshield and the mirror. This feature is short and the deployment is speeded up.

Credit: NASA/Northrop Grumman
Length: 29 seconds
Formats:Quicktime: 18.2 MB .mov, 18 MB .m4v, 18.4 MB .wmv, and YouTube

Deployment

April 2009 animation showing entire deployment sequence of the sunshield and the mirror.

Credit: Northrop Grumman
Length: 1 minute
Formats:Quicktime: 14.7 MB .mov, 29.9 MB .mov

Deployment

April 2009 animation showing entire deployment sequence of the sunshield and the mirror. This is a longer version of the video above with more detail and several closeups.

Credit: Northrop Grumman
Length: 3 minutes 36 seconds
Formats:Quicktime: 52.7 MB .mov, 53 MB .mov, and YouTube

Deployment

March 2009 animation of JWST deploying its sunshield and its mirrors. This video includes several additional or alternative animation clips of key deployment actions.

Credit: Northrop Grumman
Length: 4 minutes 54 seconds
Formats: Windows Media Video: 29.2 MB .wmv

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An older animation showing how the spacecraft will fold to fit into the rocket it will be launched by.

Credit: Northrop Grumman
Length: 2 minutes
Formats: Quicktime: 26.9 MB .mov

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Another older animation shows JWST deploying its sunshield and its mirrors, as well as how JWST will sit at the L2 Lagrange point.

Credit: Northrop Grumman
Length: 2 minutes 23 seconds
Formats: Mpeg: 56.4 MB .mpg