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  • UPDATE: Northrop Grumman preps S.S. John Young for flight to ISS

    Michael ColeNovember 14th, 2018

    The next Cygnus spacecraft is set to launch from Virginia with supplies, experiments and equipment bound for the space station's Expedition 57 crew.

  • ‘Off-nominal data’ prompts postponement of ICON launch

    Derek RichardsonNovember 7th, 2018

    The flight of NASA's ICON spacecraft was scrubbed less than 30 minutes before its planned launch via Northrop Grumman's air-dropped Pegasus XL rocket.

  • NG-10 Cygnus mission named in honor of Apollo 16’s John Young

    Jason RhianOctober 26th, 2018

    Northrop Grumman's NG-10 Cygnus spacecraft has been named in honor of an American space flight legend - John Young.

  • NASA tests key system of $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope

    Jason RhianOctober 1st, 2018

    A program some 25 years in the making conducted an important test that should ensure that when the long-delayed mission is sent aloft - it will perform flawlessly. With this milestone complete, the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope edges closer to flight.

  • Gallery: Desolate Utah plains rumble with GEM 63’s fury

    Jason RhianSeptember 21st, 2018

    PROMONTORY, Utah — Northrop Grumman’s GEM 63 solid rocket motor conducted its first test fire at 1 p.m. MDT (3 p.m. EDT / 19:00 GMT) on Thursday, Sept. 20. The motor was tested under “cold conditions” of approximately 40 °F. The GEM 63 series is being developed for use on United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V […]

  • Northrop Grumman’s GEM 63 undergoes 1st test fire

    Jason RhianSeptember 20th, 2018

    The desolate, remote deserts of Utah came alive in fire and smoke during a test that heralded the introduction of powerful new launch vehicles onto the world stage.

  • Gallery: ICESat-2 closes Delta II era with another success

    Matthew KuhnsSeptember 15th, 2018

    The last flight of a ULA Delta II rocket was carried out on Saturday, Sept. 15 from Vandenberg Air Force base in California. As was the case so many times in the past - its final mission was a success.

  • As ICESat-2 set to open new era of Earth observation, era of Delta II poised to close

    Jim SharkeySeptember 13th, 2018

    While the new ICESat-2 mission will help us gain a better understanding of the dynamics of our home world - it will also mark the end of the Delta II rocket's long history.

  • TESS primed and ready to discover distant worlds

    Jason RhianAugust 2nd, 2018

    NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has successfully reached its desired orbit and has begun science operations. The spacecraft was constructed by Northrop Grumman, who will operate the vehicle. This milestone sets the spacecraft on a path to continue the search for alien worlds.

  • Northrop Grumman’s OA-9 Cygnus leaves International Space Station

    Derek RichardsonJuly 15th, 2018

    Following two months attached to the International Space Station, the ninth Cygnus resupply spacecraft was unberthed and released from the orbiting outpost to perform a secondary two-week free-flight mission.

  • JWST exceeds cost cap, launch delayed to 2021

    Jason RhianJune 28th, 2018

    The James Webb Space Telescope, in development for the past 22 years, is now scheduled to take flight on March 30, 2021. Known for its numerous delays and cost overruns, the JWST appears to be in the final stages for its flight atop an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana.

  • Launch of NASA ICON mission postponed

    Jason RhianJune 10th, 2018

    NASA and Northrop Grumman have decided to delay the launch of the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission due to what has been described as "off-nominal data" discovered from the mission's launch vehicle.

  • Reports: Purchase of Orbital ATK by Northrop Grumman could be imminent

    Jason RhianSeptember 18th, 2017

    Reports appearing on Reuters, Bloomberg, and elsewhere are noting that Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK could be purchased by defense contractor Northrop Grumman. The buyout could take place as early as Monday, Sept. 18. If this takes place, it would be just the latest merger stretching back to the earliest days of the Space Age.

  • James Webb Space Telescope prepares for deep freeze

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 15th, 2017

    The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) continued its long and meandering journey to space with a stop in Houston, Texas. The telescope has been moved to Johnson Space Center so it can undergo the last cryogenic test before the massive observatory is launched into space in 2018.

  • Experimental Spaceplane program enters Phase 2

    Derek RichardsonApril 15th, 2016

    While companies such as SpaceX and Blue Origin continue to grab headlines with their reusable booster programs, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced that their Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program has entered its second phase—fabricating an experimental vehicle.