A central figure in developing this breakthrough space telescope gives an under-the-lens look at the challenges overcome in this engineering feat.

Spencer Chin, Senior Editor

February 13, 2024

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The James Webb Space Telescope has provided some stunning images from the distant reaches of outer space that are giving new information about the early formation of the universe. During the recent DesignCon Show in Santa Clara, Jon Arenberg, Chief Mission Architect for Science and Robotic Exploration at Northrop Grumman, gave a packed room a fascinating look at the breakthrough telescope.

Arenberg’s keynote presentation included several slides showing the telescope's development, from concept to construction to some of the first images from the telescope, which was launched into space December 2021. Design News recently interviewed Arenberg about the challenges faced in building and testing the massive, complex telescope.

You can see some of these behind-the-scenes images in the following gallery.

About the Author(s)

Spencer Chin

Senior Editor, Design News

Spencer Chin is a Senior Editor for Design News, covering the electronics beat, which includes semiconductors, components, power, embedded systems, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and other related subjects. He is always open to ideas for coverage. Spencer has spent many years covering electronics for brands including Electronic Products, Electronic Buyers News, EE Times, Power Electronics, and electronics360. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him at @spencerchin.

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