Jon Arenberg

Northrop Grumman

Chief Mission Architect

Science and Robotic Missions

Bio – 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 of over 200 conference presentations, papers, a recent book, awarded 15 European and U.S. Patents, and is an SPIE Fellow.

Abstract Title: What can chemistry do to enable the next great leap in space science?

Abstract Body: The space sciences are technologically limited. Many of the technical limitations on system performance lie in the properties of the materials the instruments and systems consist of. These properties have their roots in chemistry. We will review some recent advances in space science and show how chemistry played both an enabling and limiting role. Understanding the limitations enables us to formulate critical questions that can be addressed by chemistry and when answered will help power the next great leap in space science.