Jonathan Arenberg, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
The James Webb Space Telescope—Its Mission, Design and Development
This talk introduces the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s next large astrophysics mission. Webb’s science goals: detection of the universe’s first light, assembly of galaxies, birth of stars and observation of planets and exo-planets are introduced. We will explore how the design responds to mission requirements and produces the performance necessary to achieve the mission’s goals. Many of the unique elements of the architecture will be explored. The main engineering challenges for the largest telescope ever built in space are discussed and the role of materials highlighted. Finally, the current status of the hardware and path to launch will be given.
About Jonathan Arenberg
Jonathan Arenberg is currently the Chief Engineer for Space Science Missions at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. Arenberg has worked on the Chandra X-ray Observatory and James Webb Space Telescope. He co-conceived and developed the Starshade concept for the direct imaging of extra-solar planets and other innovative mission concepts. He has worked on laser systems and component engineering, metrology, inspection issues and technology development. Arenberg is a member of US National and International committees charged with writing standards for laser and electro-optic systems and components, SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, the American Astronomical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and Sigma Xi. Arenberg holds a BS degree in physics and MS and PhD degrees in engineering, all from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of over 180 conference presentations, papers and book chapters and a recent book. He holds a dozen European and U.S. patents in various areas of technology and is an SPIE Fellow.