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ABSTRACT: This talk explores the application of systems engineering to the development of space science missions. At the center of the discussion is the fact that for a science mission to be vital and compelling it must be novel. To accommodate the novelty and the associated uncertainty inherent in such missions a tailored approach to systems engineering and design must be applied. The subject will be developed by using examples of systems engineering applied to various aspects of such flight missions as the Chandra X-ray Observatory, James Webb Space Telescope and various development efforts, such as Starshade. The discussion will also include lessons learned in the practical application and implementation of good systems practice.
BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Arenberg leads engineering for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Space Science Missions, developing, planning, and conducting strategic analyses for various NASA astrophysics missions, including the James Webb Space Telescope. He is responsible for directing Northrop’s studies of potential successor missions to Webb. His responsibilities include other smaller mission concepts and technology studies.
In his previous role, Arenberg led the development of optical, space and laser systems as the lead engineer. Arenberg has over 29 years of experience working on astronomical programs such as the Chandra X-ray Observatory, development of the starshade and NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. He held several positions on Webb, system design leader, systems engineering manager and finally chief engineer. In addition to his work on astronomical systems, he has contributed to major high-energy and tactical laser systems, laser component engineering, metrology, optical inspection and technology development projects.
Dr. Arenberg has a Bachelor of Science in physics, a Master of Science and PhD in engineering all from UCLA. As a committed member of the scientific community, Dr. Arenberg is a long serving California State Science Fair Judge and is a referee for several journals. He is a fellow of the international optical engineering society, SPIE, for his contribution to astronomy and lasers. He is the author of over 180 conference presentations, papers and book chapters and holds a dozen European and U.S. patents in a wide variety of areas of technology. Dr. Arenberg is also the co-author of a recent book on systems engineering for astronomy from SPIE press.