Jon Arenberg

Northrop Grumman

Chief Mission Architect

Science and Robotic Missions

Jonathan Arenberg is Chief Mission Architect for Science and Robotic Missions at Northrop Grumman Space Systems. His degrees are in physics and engineering, from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Arenberg has contributed to the Chandra X-ray Observatory, Starshade and the James Webb Space Telescope, and the Astro 2020 strategic missions. He has authored over 200 conference presentations, papers, a recent book, awarded 15 European and U.S. Patents, and is an SPIE Fellow.

2023 ACS Fall POLY: CME NASA Symposium Abstract

Polymers And Their Roles In Space Astronomy

Polymers play a wide variety of roles in space-based observatories.  These roles range from their ubiquitous roles in insulation to seminal new technologies and architectures.  This talk will introduce and discuss the roles polymers have played in previous generations of space observatories, with an emphasis on the recently launched James Webb Space Telescope. We will also discuss the role that polymers play in future observatories, such as the Habitable Worlds Observer and SALTUS a mission based on inflatable technologies

2022 CME NASA Symposium Abstract

Chemistry and the Next Great Leap in Sustainable Space Living

In the second half of this decade, the USA plans to deploy a Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) space station. To make this mission a reality, many of the technical limitations due to the extremely tight tolerances needed to minimize the probability of failure, need to be resolved. The limitations of the materials, instruments, and systems have their roots in chemistry. We will review certain aspects of the space sciences that can be addressed by chemistry and when answered will help power the next great leap in sustainable LEO space living and beyond.