Northrop Engineer’s Lecture to Focus on Space Telescope

Space Telescope

The chief engineer of Northrop Grumman’s James Webb Space Telescope program will discuss the National Aeronautic and Space Administration’s goals for the program on April 2 at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in Fort Worth.

The lecture by Dr. Jonathan Arenberg is a highlight of iMake at the Museum, a festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness that celebrates the Maker Movement on April 2 and 3.

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The Fort Worth Museum of Science in History features the Noble Planetarium. (Courtesy Fort Worth Museum of Science and History)

The presentation will be from 10:30-11:15 a.m. in the Omni Theater, and from 1-1:30 p.m. in the Noble Planetarium.

In addition to NASA’s goals, Arenberg will talk about what challenges lie ahead for what will be the largest telescope in space. The telescope, which will have a 6.5-meter primary mirror, will be launched on an Ariane 5 rocket in October 2018 from French Guiana.

The James Webb Space Telescope is an international collaboration involving NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency.

The project’s development is being managed by the Goddard Space Flight Center, and Northrop Grumman is the main industrial partner for the telescope.

After launch, the Space Telescope Science Institute will operate the telescope.

Arenberg joined Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in 1989 after starting his career with Hughes Aircraft Co., and his areas of experience include optical, space and laser systems.

The iMake festival is designed to encourage “a collaborative culture of innovation, invention and experimentation where guests meet talented local makers and become makers through engaging hands-on experiences,” according to a release from the museum.

According to the museum, the experiences include:

  • Eclectic Electrical Experiences – learn how to build circuits using nontraditional items
  • Invention and Design – Arduinos, Littlebits, and Makey Makey, just to name a few
  • Meet a Local Maker – Meet inventive, creative and resourceful Makers


Mansfield-based Mouser Electronics, a sponsor for iMake, will provide staff and support for the festival.

Other volunteers include DFW Makers, DFW Scrollers, The Maker Spot at North Richland Hills Library, Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC), Plano Public Library System, PolyPrinter, River Trails Quilting Club (HEB ISD), Society of Women Engineers, STEAM Middle School-Burleson ISD, and Timmy Telescope Solar Astronomy Outreach.

The museum said that all activities are included with exhibit admission.

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