PROMONTORY, Utah — At 1:05 p.m. MDT (19:05 GMT) May 30, 2019, Northrop Grumman tested the first stage of its new OmegA rocket. Known as the Castor 600, the solid rocket motor, which has design heritage from the Space Shuttle and Space Launch System solid rocket boosters, fired for 122 seconds. Near the end of its static fire, debris could be seen coming away from the nozzle section of the motor. The company plans to qualify by 2021 to launch national security payloads into orbit for the U.S. military. Photos courtesy of Reuben Worthington and Derek Richardson.