Vanguard Space Technologies Inc. has been awarded two contracts to provide hardware for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the company said.

The contracts, awarded by Northrop Grumman Corp. to Vanguard, are for fabrication of composite components. The components will be manufactured at Vanguard’s San Diego facility using advanced graphite fiber reinforced materials yielding lightweight, stiff and stable parts, the company said.

Delivery of the components is scheduled for early this year, the company said. The terms of the agreement were not released.

“We are very proud to be a part of this important mission and to be a supplier to Northrop Grumman for these components,” said Carl Sloan, vice president of programs for Vanguard. “These components are a great fit with our core products and capabilities, and will utilize our long heritage in producing high-technology space structures.”

The James Webb Space Telescope is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.

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