Northrop Grumman Disappointed by Loss in Launcher Procurement

OmegA will be Northrop Grumman’s first heavy-lift rocket, adding to the company’s current lineup of small- and medium-class vehicles. (Credit: Northrop Grumman)

Northrop Grumman Statement on the U.S. Space Force’s Phase 2 Launch Services Procurement Decision

FALLS CHURCH, Va., August 2, 2020 — The following is a statement by Northrop Grumman Corporation:

We are disappointed by this decision. We are confident we submitted a strong proposal that reflected our extensive space launh experience and provided value to our customer, and we look forward to our debriefing from the customer.

Editor’s Note: The decision to award launch agreements to SpaceX and United Launch Alliance (ULA) likely means the cancellation of Northrop Grumman’s OmegA launcher. The booster probably needed U.S. Space Force contracts to be viable.

That doesn’t mean the company is completely out of the business. Northrop Grumman already supplies solid rocket motors (SRBs) to ULA for use on the Atlas V and Delta IV Heavy launchers. It is also developing a new SRB for ULA’s new Vulcan booster.

Blue Origin’s New Glenn was not selected either. However, Jeff Bezos’ company announced it would continue of the Saturn V-class rocket and supply BE-4 engines for ULA’s Vulcan launcher.