Air, Business, Feature, Logistics

Precious cargo

[ June 8, 2012   //   ]

Joint BA-Iberia carrier IAG Cargo and forwarder Pinnacle International Freight, have moved a Mid Infra Red Instrument (MIRI) – a key component of the James Webb Space Telescope from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, US. The James Webb Telescope – regarded as the successor to the Hubble Telescope – is planned to launch into space in 2018.

The instrument – an infrared camera and spectrometer – was transported in a B747 aircraft from IAG Cargo’s hub at London Heathrow to Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia. The instrument has been in development and production for 15 years and is extremely sensitive and temperature and environmental controls and monitoring, were put in place, using an Envirotainer to ensure maximum protection and temperature control throughout the journey. A specialist team from IAG Cargo were also on hand.

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