solid rocket motors
Northrop Grumman announced Jan. 21 it completed a static firing of the strap-on solid booster it developed for United Launch Alliance’s new Vulcan Centaur rocket.
The GEM 63XL motors will fly on ULA's Vulcan Centaur rocket in 2021.
Northrop Grumman developed the GEM 63 rocket motors under a cooperative agreement with United Launch Alliance.
The facility will be able to manufacture motors up to 470 inches long and up to 100 inches in diameter.
Boeing has informed the Air Force that it will not bid Ground Based Strategic Deterrent engineering and manufacturing development.
Northrop Grumman on Thursday conducted a full-scale static fire test of the first stage of OmegA.
Boeing and Northrop Grumman initially had been expected to compete the rocket motor work between Orbital and Aerojet. With Orbital under Northrop Grumman ownership, that type of competition would not be possible.
A new market for super high-speed weapons is fueling investments in rocket engine technologies.
The U.S. Air Force’s space acquisition arm made six of a planned eight major contract awards in 2014.