Jon Arenberg

Northrop Grumman

Chief Mission Architect

Science and Robotic Missions

Jonathan Arenberg is Chief Mission Architect for Science and Robotic Exploration at Northrop Grumman. Dr. Arenberg has worked on the Chandra X-ray Observatory, James Webb Space Telescope and co-invented the Starshade concept. Currently, his research includes the optimization of the manufacturing process for x-ray optics, a concept for a terahertz observatory with a large inflatable primary reflector and alternate architectures for NASA’s Next Great Observatories. Dr. Arenberg is an SPIE Fellow, and an Associate Fellow of the AIAA.


2024 CME NASA Symposium Abstract

Polymeric materials have long played a role in the development of systems for space astronomy. We will discuss the history and future application of these materials. We will review their application from the component to the system level. The recently proposed SALTUS observatory will be discussed in some detail as an example of polymers enabling future systems.


2023 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.