Propulsion Technologies

PT-15025 001 150x89 Northrop Grumman has been advancing propulsion technology since 1958. Our earliest work involved cold gas, heated gas, and liquid bipropellant and monopropellant rockets and boosters; we continue to further these technologies today. For example, Northrop Grumman was selected in May 2001 by NASA to be one of the developers of new propulsion technology for potential use on next-generation launch and space transportation vehicles.

We have been developing electric propulsion since the 1970s and have made recent world-class advances in gel propellant propulsion.

Our fundamental research and development has been applied to a range of flight hardware for a wide range of space missions. Recent flight successes of propulsion systems have included NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Army's gel-powered FMTI missile, and a SCAT-powered spacecraft.

Booster Vehicle EnginesNorthrop Grumman is developing booster vehicle engines that will provide low-cost access to space

Booster Vehicle Engines
Northrop Grumman is developing booster vehicle engines that will provide low-cost access to space.
EL-15028 001 250x161 Electric PropulsionElectric Propulsion
Northrop Grumman has been developing selected electric propulsion technologies and systems since the 1970s.
Gel and Tactical PropulsionGel and Tactical Propulsion
Combining the best features of solid- and liquid-fueled rocket engines, Northrop Grumman's versatile gel propellant system provides the on-demand thrust needed for smart flight.
Northrop Grumman has developed, qualified and flown spacecraft monopropellant thrusters for on-orbit delta velocity and attitude control for a variety of spacecraft for more than 25 years.