The Air Force will begin a sole-source negotiation with Northrop Grumman in anticipation of a GBSD contract.
Northrop Grumman announced Dec. 12 that Saturn Satellite Networks, a startup satellite manufacturer, will be the customer for the first OmegA launch in 2021.
Northrop is pushing the message that its financial strength should be considered by the Air Force as it decides which two providers in 2020 will receive five-year contracts.
Space Launch Complex 6, or SLC-6, is a sprawling facility that the Air Force leases to United Launch Alliance.
Eutelsat said it is still working to understand what impact the power problem may have on the Eutelsat 5 West B satellite.
Blue Origin is joining forces with three other major aerospace firms in a “national team” to develop a human lunar lander for NASA.
An International Launch Services Proton rocket carried Northrop Grumman’s first satellite-servicing spacecraft and a communications satellite for Eutelsat to orbit Oct. 9.
With the first commercial satellite servicing spacecraft about to launch, industry executives argue that government agencies, primarily seen as developers of key servicing technologies, also need to be customers of those systems.
The addition of Aerojet to Northrop’s team guarantees that the nation’s only two manufacturers of large solid rocket motors will be part of the GBSD program.
Manufacturers say software-defined satellites that can redesign beams and capacity have shifted from a wish-list feature to a requirement for operators.
ULA, SpaceX, Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman submit bids for national security launch procurement contract
ULA and SpaceX currently launch the bulk of U.S. national security satellites while Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin are looking to break in.
Boeing has informed the Air Force that it will not bid Ground Based Strategic Deterrent engineering and manufacturing development.
30th Space Wing commander: “In order to achieve polar orbit there is no better place to be than Vandenberg."
A bipartisan amendment to strike Smith’s space launch provisions is expected to be offered by Colorado lawmakers Lamborn and Crow.
Northrop Grumman on Thursday conducted a full-scale static fire test of the first stage of OmegA.