Our Leadership in Space

The probability of success is difficult to estimate;
but if we never search the chance of success is zero.

- Giuseppe Cocconi and Philip Morrison
Searching for Interstellar Communications


Through our people, programs and pioneering spirit, Northrop Grumman is an established leader and trusted partner in military, national security and civil space. With our innovative engineering and agile end-to-end systems, customers come to us to solve their toughest challenges with resilient, affordable and ingenious solutions.


The companies that are part of today's Northrop Grumman achieved historic accomplishments through mission assurance, from transporting Charles Lindbergh across the Atlantic to carrying astronauts to the moon's surface and back.


Northrop Grumman continues its leadership at the forefront of space. As a groundbreaker in innovation for more than 60 years, our commitment to national security and space exploration endures.

Leadership in Space Defense

Northrop Grumman has played a central role in space programs developed for the defense of our country and allies.

Project Vela

Project Vela

A successful, cost-effective military space system built by TRW (now part of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems) to detect nuclear detonations to monitor compliance with the 1963 Partial Test Ban Treaty.

Defense Support Program

Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS)

A network of communications satellites, the first seven of which were built by the TRW (now part of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems).

Fleet Satellite Communications System (FLTSATCOM)

Fleet Satellite Communications System (FLTSATCOM)

A U.S. Navy satellite communication system built by TRW (now part of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems).

Photos courtesy of NASA and the Northrop Grumman archives.