Plenary Event
Optical Engineering Plenary
23 August 2022 • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM PDT | Conv. Ctr. Room 6A 
4:00 to 4:05 PM: Welcome and Opening Remarks

4:05 PM - 4:35 PM: The James Webb Space Telescope: an optical success story!

Lee Feinberg, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

After two decades of development, the James Webb Space Telescope launched on December 25th, 2021. This revolutionary telescope is the first ever 6.5 meter segmented telescope in space that was the work of 1000’s of engineers, technicians and scientists. Once in space, there were over 50 successful deployments followed by the first ever alignment of a segmented telescope in space and instrument commissioning. This talk will review the history of the telescope development through testing and on-orbit commissioning with a special focus on the optical technologies that both enabled the observatory and that were proven out through the commissioning.

Lee Feinberg is the NASA Optical Telescope Element (OTE) Manager for the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, a role he has been in since 2002. Earlier in his career, Lee was the Assistant Chief for Technology in the Instrument Systems and Technology Division at Goddard and prior to that Lee was part of the optical team that repaired the Hubble Space Telescope on SM1, STIS instrument manager on SM-2, and he co-led the concept study for Wide Field Camera-3. Lee was a member of the LUVOIR and Habex Science and Technology Definition Teams and focuses his current research on ultra-stable telescopes and segmented space telescopes. Lee is a Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Fellow and a Goddard Space Flight Center Senior Fellow.

4:35 PM - 4:45 PM: Q&A