Keynote – NASA's James Webb Space Telescope: Its Mission, Design & Performance
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. It is also the world’s first space deployable telescope and includes 10 new technologies. The construction took over 100-million man hours by hundreds of companies spread over the globe. The Optical Telescope Element (OTE) contains the largest mirror ever launched into space, and was just one of the major engineering challenges that needed to be overcome when designing this groundbreaking telescope. And they had one shot to get it right. The JWST just passed its second year in space and that optical system is performing twice as well as required. Jon Arenberg, Chief Mission Architect for the JWST at Northrop Grumman Space, oversaw the integrated design performance for the project. In this keynote, Jon will review the mission and then delve into the design, verification, and testing. And, of course, he will share some of the jaw-dropping images the JWST has sent back.
This keynote session will begin with the announcement and presentation of the 2024 Engineer of the Year Award winner.