At some point they're going to have to shit or get off the pot.
I get the whole covid delay but (as I said before) if not that, then something else.
I feel like they could have built and launched three imperfect versions for less cost in the hopes one worked.
ETA: I said three but wiki sez
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Web ... _Telescope
the conception in 2003 was 2.5 billion and here we are at almost 10 billion. So, four of them
I hope they do launch, even if it fails. Sometimes KISS is a valuable lesson in itself.
ETA2: On further perusal of wiki, I find:
The [JW] telescope's delays and cost increases can be compared to the Hubble Space Telescope. When Hubble formally started in 1972, it had an estimated development cost of US$300 million (or about US$1 billion in 2006 constant dollars), but by the time it was sent into orbit in 1990, the cost was about four times that. In addition, new instruments and servicing missions increased the cost to at least US$9 billion by 2006.
Okay. I admit Hubble was worth it. But I'm reminded that Hubble would have been a catastrophic failure but for the possibility of a repair mission. No such repair is possible for Mr. Webb.