Apollo Astronauts on Moon and Cygnus Spacecraft


At Northrop Grumman, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing is a celebration of over 60 years of unmatched legacy in both exploring and defending the final frontier. From crafting the Lunar Module and the innovations it generated, to fostering NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and the mysteries it will unlock, we remain in a category of one. That proud legacy continues with survivable, rapidly configurable systems, advanced threat detection and secure communications that will win the future of space.

Apollo 11 astronaut on Moon saluting American flag

Space Leadership

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, we solve customers’ toughest challenges with resilient, affordable and ingenious solutions.

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Mechanical drawing of a missile silo

Global Security

For 60 years, Northrop Grumman has anticipated the future of space. From the seabed to orbit and beyond, we've created an infrastructure of end-to-end systems engineering expertise and complex systems of systems to support the mission, protect the warfighter and preserve freedom – now – and for decades to come.

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Engineer standing in front of the James Webb Space Telescope

Science & Exploration

Northrop Grumman is a leader in the science and exploration of space. From NASA's Pioneer Program to the James Webb Space Telescope, we've played an important role in the quest to answer deep, compelling questions, from "How did we get here?" to "How do we make the Earth a better place?" for more than 60 years.

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Antares Rocket on launch pad at sunset

Space Portfolio

Since the dawn of the space age, Northrop Grumman has put innovative products and ideas into orbit, on the Moon, and beyond – from systems engineering, spacecraft manufacturing, precision sensors, space instrument design, ground stations development, orbiting space platforms and revolutionary launch vehicles.

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Orion Spacecraft Launch Abort Motor

Northrop Grumman Ships Orion Spacecraft’s Launch Abort Motor to Kennedy Space Center

MAGNA, Utah – June 4, 2019 – Northrop Grumman Corporation shipped the inert abort motor for NASA’s Orion spacecraft Launch Abort System (LAS) from the Northrop Grumman facility in Magna, Utah, to Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

DARPA R3D2 Satellite

Northrop Grumman Successfully Demonstrates Critical Space Capability for DARPA Mission in Record Time

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – May 7, 2019 – Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully demonstrated rapid spacecraft development for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), with the Radio Frequency Risk Reduction Deployment Demonstration (R3D2), which launched on March 28, 2019.

Cygnus spacecraft deployed above the Earth

Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus Spacecraft Successfully Completes Rendezvous and Berthing with International Space Station

Dulles, Va. – April 19, 2019 – Northrop Grumman Corporation today announced that the “S.S. Roger Chaffee” Cygnus™ spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers with the International Space Station.



International Space Station high above Earth

How Technology From the Space Race Changed the World

The legacy of the Cold War and the early space race is not just about global tension and conflict: It also yielded the birth of the modern technological age.

Astronaut on a spacewalk above Earth

Space Archaeology Aims to Analyze Experiences of Astronauts on the ISS

Archaeologists believe the International Space Station offers untold stories about culture, society and material properties that deserve study following the principles of archaeology.

3D line drawing of person wearing virtual reality goggles

Robotic Space Exploration Enhanced by Virtual Reality

As humanity’s presence in space continues to expand in the coming decades, the nature of space-based operations will become more extensive and complex. Recent advances in virtual reality (VR) systems and teleoperation technologies are exciting for the future of robotic space exploration.