The contract is for the Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications program, known as Evolved Strategic Satcom.
Northrop Grumman statement: “We have chosen not to continue development of the OmegA launch system at this time."
Northrop Grumman was the only bidder for GBSD after Boeing decided to drop out of the competition.
Northrop Grumman statement: “We will determine next steps once the debriefing process concludes."
Arianespace on Aug. 15 launched two communications satellites and a satellite servicer on an Ariane 5 rocket, completing the company’s first launch since the reopening of the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.
The GEM 63XL motors will fly on ULA's Vulcan Centaur rocket in 2021.
As another satellite life extension spacecraft is readied for launch, both developers and customers of such systems called for the creation of standard interfaces to support servicing of future spacecraft.
Air Force to end agreements with Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman, prepares for launch contract protests
Following the Phase 2 decision, the Air Force is preparing for the possibility of contractor protests.
Six years ago, SpaceX was the upstart launch company seeking to break United Launch Alliance’s monopoly on national security space launches. Now, it’s part of the establishment.
The Pentagon has selected SpaceX and United Launch Alliance to conduct potentially dozens of national security launches between fiscal year 2022 and fiscal year 2027
Northrop Grumman developed the GEM 63 rocket motors under a cooperative agreement with United Launch Alliance.
This was the NRO’s 54th launch since 1996 and its first launch on a Minotaur 4.
The first half of 2020 has been sluggish for the commercial launch industry, but its problems can’t be explained solely by the coronavirus pandemic.
NASA has taken another step in its efforts to establish a long-term production line for the Space Launch System, although it remains uncertain what cost savings, if any, those contracts will provide.
The contract would keep the Defense Support Program early-warning satellites in service until 2030.