With an Air Force development contract secured for the OmegA rocket, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems has provided NASASpaceflight with an update on their primarily solid rocket fueled medium- and heavy-lift rocket that is expected to begin a four flight test program from the Kennedy Space Center and LC-39B in 2021.
As part of this update, NGIS talked about the synergy the company sees between the solid propulsion Common Booster Segments (CBSs) under development for OmegA and the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) that will eventually be needed for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.
OmegA’s synergy with SLS:
In all, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS) received $792 million in federal funding from the Air Force to continue development of their OmegA launcher family – though a vast majority of the groundwork for OmegA occurred with internal funding by NGIS, then Orbital ATK, before U.S. Air Force funding was confirmed last month.
“We started working on OmegA about three years ago as part of the RPS – the Rocket Propulsion System development activity,” said Mike Laidley, Vice President of Space Launch Program for NGIS in an exclusive interview with NASASpaceflight. “That was the RD-180 replacement effort to develop solid propulsion options for ...