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Robert Smith is a professor at the University of Alberta and historian to JWST since 2002

James Webb: An optical success story

As James Webb Space Telescope beams back images from the edge of space and time, space historian Robert Smith recalls some of the decisions made to bring the $10bn NASA project to fruition. David Stuart reports

Freeing freeforms

Gemma Church discusses the advances made in manufacturing freeform optics

How to manufacture low-cost freeform optics for high-volume imaging applications

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