Jonathan Arenberg

Dr. Jonathan  Arenberg

Chief Systems Engineer, James Webb Space Telescope
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

One Space Park Drive
Redondo Beach CA 90278
United States

tel: 310 813 2567
fax: 310 812 2959

Area of Expertise

Laser, Optical and Space Systems


Jonathan Arenberg has been with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems since 1989 having started with Hughes Aircraft Company. His work experience includes optical, space and laser systems. Dr. Arenberg has worked on such astronomical programs as the Chandra X-ray Observatory, James Webb Space Telescope and helped develop the New Worlds Observer concept for the imaging of extra-solar planets. He has also worked on major high-energy and tactical laser systems, laser component engineering and metrology issues. He is a member of the ISO sub-committee charged with writing standards for laser and electro-optic systems and components, SPIE, American Astronomical Society and AIAA. Dr. Arenberg holds a BS in physics and an MS and PhD in engineering, all from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of over 100 conference presentations and publications, and holds 11 U.S. Patents in a wide variety of areas of technology with US and foreign patents pending.

Lecture Title(s)

Designing the James Webb Space Telescope: The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is being designed and built to see the furthest visible objects in the Universe and is NASA's flagship space astrophysics mission. This lecture will discuss how JWST's mission is being achieved and the current project status. The main science themes for JWST will be introduced and the flow of mission requirements into the hardware design and operations concepts will be explored. Emphasis will be given to how the non-optical aspects, such as thermal, packaging and dynamics of the system contribute to the scientific performance. Examples of solutions to archetypal interdisciplinary JWST design problems will be shown. Finally, the current status of the flight hardware as it proceeds through manufacture, assembly, integration and test.

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