The Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (formerly Orbital ATK) OmegA rocket conducted a key test today when its Castor 600 first stage fired for two minutes today at the NGIS test facility in Promontory, Utah, at the same test stand used by numerous Space Shuttle and SLS solid rocket motors during their test firings, although there was a situation with the nozzle that NGIS is looking at more closely.
After the end of the Ares 1 and Liberty launch vehicle projects, Orbital ATK developed a next generation launch vehicle concept to compete for future US Air Force and NASA launches, and won a rocket propulsion system (RPS) contract in January 2016 as part of the Air Force’s effort to end its dependence on Russian RD-180 engine imports, due to increased geopolitical tensions between the West and Russia.
The contract enabled Orbital ATK to keep working on the next generation launch system, which was later named OmegA, with the first and last letters capitalized to incorporate the company’s initials.
OmegA's promo video. First launch in 2021. pic.twitter.com/WQwB7Ts1Rp
— Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) May 30, 2019
In June 2018 Orbital ATK was acquired by Northrop Grumman to become Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems ...