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Orbital ATK christens its next-generation rocket: Say hello to OmegA

17 Apr 2018, 05:32 UTC
Orbital ATK christens its next-generation rocket: Say hello to OmegA
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An artist’s conception shows Orbital ATK’s OmegA rocket in flight. (Orbital ATK Illustration)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Orbital ATK’s entrant in the competition for national security launches has a new name: OmegA.
The project also has a new partner: Aerojet Rocketdyne, which will provide its RL10C rocket engine for OmegA’s upper stage.
Orbital ATK’s update on the rocket formerly known as the Next Generation Launch System came today at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.
OmegA is designed to take on intermediate- to heavy-class launches by the Defense Department, civil government and commercial customers. It’s being developed jointly with the U.S. Air Force as an option for future national security launches under the Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program.
Orbital ATK and the Air Force have spent a total of $250 million on the development effort over the last three years, and the company said it’s committed to investing even more.
The rocket configuration will make use of solid rocket motors for the first and second stages, plus strap-on solid boosters and Aerojet’s cryogenic hydrogen-fueled upper stage.
Orbital ATK said it’s on track to complete ground tests of the complete propulsion system in 2019, and execute the first ...

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