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James Webb Space Telescope: Engineering Challenges
by Jonathan Arenberg, PhD

IEEE Orange County Computer Society

Monday, July 23, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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Event Details

Date & Venue: Monday July 23rd at the Doubletree Club Hotel (always 4th Monday of month)

Social Hour: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.. Come and network with your colleagues for free

Dinner: 6:30 p.m.

Presentation Starts at 7:00pm




The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, and presents one of humanity's greatest opportunities to learn about deep space. This talk sponsored by the Orange County IEEE Computer Society (OCCS), the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society (AESS), and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will feature Jon Arenberg, the Chief Engineer at Northrop-Grumman working on the JWST project.

All projects that involve putting high quality optics into space have unique engineering challenges. Jon will focus on these challenges presented by the JWST, and explain how it improves over the Hubble Space Telescope. He will also explain the background of the project, including what we have learned from Hubble, and the new knowledge we expect to get from the JWST.

Our James Webb Flagship Astrophyisics mission has passed its mission critical design review, with a number of subsystems and components having completed flight manufacture and test. This talk will visit the main features of the JWST Observatory design; the telescope, sunshield, spacecraft bus and integrated science instrument module. The status of the design and where appropriate, the manufacturing status of the flight hardware will be reviewed. This talk will share the current expectations of critical areas and the challenges that lay ahead on the path to assembly integration and test and finally flight.

Highlights of the software engineering challenges encountered as this project pushed the applied physics envelope in optics, engineering and software implementation, will also be discussed.



Dr. 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 conceive and develop the New Worlds Observer concept for the imaging of extra-solar planets. He has worked on major high-energy and tactical laser systems, laser component engineering, metrology and optical inspection 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, AIAA and Sigma Xi. 

Dr. Arenberg holds a BS in physics ('83) and both an MS ('85) and PhD ('87) 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. He is currently the Chief Engineer for the James Webb Space Telescope Program at Northrop Grumman


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- Best Regards,
  Don V Black, OCCS Chair

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When & Where

Doubletree Club Hotel
7 Hutton Centre Drive
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Monday, July 23, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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