Cleanroom Work Platform for James Webb Telescope



Northrop Grumman came to Spika to design and manufacture two unique platforms for final assembly of the James Webb Telescope in French Guiana. The custom platforms had to meet Class 7 cleanroom requirements.


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Client Need:

Northrop needed two unique platforms for final assembly of the James Webb Telescope in French Guiana. The project had a tight schedule for design, analysis, and fabrication in order to stay on track for the launch date.


Spika worked with Northrop to develop and manufacture custom work platforms. This included the development of screw jacks that could meet cleanroom requirements and adjustable handrail sections that produced no FOD.

Technical Information:

  • Lightweight structure that permits movement by a single person
  • Smooth, comfortable work surfaces
  • OSHA compliance
  • Compliance with Class 7 cleanroom environment
  • Electrical grounding
  • FEA analysis
  • Proof load testing
  • A comprehensive end item data package
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