Gallery: Northop Grumman tests OmegA first stage
PROMONTORY, Utah — In the Blue Spring Hills north of Salt Lake City, Northrop Grumman test fired the first stage of its OmegA rocket.
The test of the Castor 600 solid rocket motor took place at 1:05 p.m. MDT (19:05 GMT) May 30, 2019, and lasted for about 122 seconds. While there was an apparent anomaly near the end of the hot fire, Northrop Grumman said the test was successful.
With over 700 channels of data to pore over, the company’s next steps will be to verify the booster performed as expected and to better understand what caused the aft exit cone of the nozzle to break apart as the motor was nearing the end of its burn time.
The OmegA rocket is a three stage rocket being designed to launch national security payloads for the U.S. military. It’s first stage is to be a Castor 600. The second stage will be a single booster segment Castor 300, and the third stage will be a liquid propellent engine powered by two RL10C engines.
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