Northrop Grumman executives said April 25 that the company declined to submit a proposal for the next set of GPS 3 satellites, all but guaranteeing that Lockheed Martin will win the competition.
While project officials promoted the progress they had made in the last year, they couldn’t avoid the fact that JWST’s launch had slipped from October 2018 to sometime between March and June 2019.
One concern is what implications this merger could have in ongoing efforts to modernize the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missiles. Orbital ATK is one of two key suppliers of rocket motors that would power future ICBMs.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency now envisions a partnership with the U.S. Air Force on a system that would also perform space surveillance.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Sunnyvale, California, shipped a missile warning sensor May 14 for integration aboard a classified satellite that will operate in highly elliptical orbit, U.S. Air Force officials said in a June 16 press release.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the Pentagon are studying the organization’s long-term need for sensors that detect ballistic missiles, a move that could help determine the size of the agency’s missile-tracking satellite constellation in the 2020s.
Northrop Grumman is developing an inflatable, propeller-powered aircraft for a years-long cruise in the sulfurous skies of Venus and is gearing up to enter the concept in NASA’s next New Frontiers planetary science competition.
The sole-source contract is worth as much as $45 million to support the service’s legacy missile warning program.
Northrop Grumman Corp. will provide up to $17.5 million over the next three years to support the Space Solar Power Initiative at Caltech, which will perform work in the areas of high-efficiency photovoltaics, space structures and power transmission that could be applicable to future space systems that collect sunlight and convert it into power transmitted back to Earth.
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems announced it is splitting its space and airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) business into two separate divisions, one focused on space ISR and the other on airborne ISR and targeting.
The U.S. Air Force plans to order two more GPS 3 satellites under its existing contract with Lockheed Martin but envisions putting subsequent positioning, navigation and timing satellites up for bid.
Northrop Grumman and Boeing say they have responded to a U.S. Air Force call for contractors interested in building the service’s next batch of GPS position, navigation and timing satellites.
Northrop Grumman completed and delivered some 36,000 miniature integrated electronic circuits for the payloads of the fifth and sixth AEHF satellites.