Northrop Grumman stated the take a look at strikes OmegA a step nearer to changing into licensed to fly nationwide safety missions.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Northrop Grumman introduced Feb. 27 it accomplished a static fireplace take a look at of the second stage of its OmegA rocket.
The take a look at, performed on the firm’s amenities in Promontory, Utah, strikes OmegA a step nearer to changing into licensed to fly nationwide safety missions, the corporate stated.
In the course of the take a look at, the second stage motor fired for full-duration for about 140 seconds, burning practically 340,000 kilos of strong propellant to provide upwards of 785,000 kilos of thrust, Northrop Grumman stated.
The second-stage take a look at was initially scheduled for the autumn of 2019 however was delayed following anomalies in the May 30 static fireplace take a look at of the primary stage. Close to the tip of that take a look at, the engine nozzle got here aside. Northrop Grumman stated it wanted extra time to check the difficulty and work out if design modifications wanted to be made earlier than shifting ahead with the second stage take a look at.
OmegA is among the rockets being supplied to the U.S. Area Pressure for the Nationwide Safety Area Launch Section 2 Launch Service Procurement. United Launch Alliance, SpaceX and Blue Origin are also competing for 2 contracts to be awarded this summer season. OmegA is the one solid-fueled rocket within the competitors.
In October 2018, the U.S. Air Pressure awarded Northrop Grumman a $792 million Launch Companies Settlement to finish detailed design and verification of the OmegA area launch automobile and launch websites.
Northrop Grumman stated OmegA is slated for its first certification flight in spring 2021. The company in December announced that Saturn agreed to launch one or two of its NationSat line of small geostationary communications satellites on OmegA’s maiden flight.