Northrop Grumman announced it completed a static fire test of the second stage of its OmegA rocket in Promontory, Utah.
Saturn CEO Jim Simpson said making the OmegA launch reservation before it has customers locked down for the NationSat spacecraft OmegA would carry is part of the startup’s strategy for providing a one-stop-shop for its target customers.
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.
Northrop Grumman on Thursday conducted a full-scale static fire test of the first stage of OmegA.
The stakes could not be higher for OmegA as it prepares for two critical static-fire tests of its solid rocket motors this year with the goal to launch its first payload in 2021.
Orbital ATK on Monday revealed new details about the rocket it has been developing over the last three years in an effort to take U.S. Air Force launch contracts away from United Launch Alliance and SpaceX.