Earth and Space Science A-Z

Aerospace Products

Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Products organization offers a broad set of mature, proven and affordable products, services and capabilities for new and existing customers in the government, civil and commercial markets.

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Aerospace Services

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Services offers comprehensive engineering, testing and analysis services.

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Chandra X-Ray Observatory

On July 23, 1999, the Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched, carried by the Space Shuttle Columbia from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. About a month later, on Aug. 26, 1999, the first powerful images from Chandra were provided to the public.

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Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES)

Eye on Earth's Radiant Energy System

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Earth Observing System – Aqua

The Aqua Earth Observing System satellite is helping us better understand the causes and effects of global change.

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Earth Observing System – Aura

An Earth Observing System satellite that will help clear the air of guesswork.

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High Efficiency Cryocoolers

Northrop Grumman has an extensive and highly successful history providing cryocoolers for Space and Tactical missions requiring high performance, low mass, high reliability, and low system level cost.

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Hyperspectral Airborne Terrestrial Imager (HATI)

With Northrop Grumman's latest hyperspectral instrument, the Hyperspectral Airborne Terrestrial Imager (HATI), high resolution images of the full solar spectrum reflected from any environmental scene can be captured.

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Hyperspectral Imaging

Northrop Grumman's state-of-the-art Hyperspectral Imaging Systems operate across up to 220 wavelengths to paint precise portraits of this hidden world.

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James Webb Space Telescope

Meet the JWST Engineers at Northrop Grumman   The Northrop Grumman engineers behind the James Web Space Telescope have no easy task. It has taken one hundred million hours of people’s lives to build JWST, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Hear from the engineers who…

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JWST – Technical Details

Customer: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5 Instruments Near-Infrared Camera: University of Arizona Near-Infrared Spectrograph: European Space Agency (ESA) Mid-Infrared Instrument: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), ESA Fine Guidance Sensor with Tunable Filter Module: Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Technical Characteristics Mission Lifetime 5 years (10-year goal) Orbit L2…

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Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite

NASA's next mission to the moon won't involve astronauts or merely orbit its surface. Prior to a human return to the moon, a mission is underway to build a satellite that will impact one of the moon's polar regions to search for water ice beneath its permanently-shadowed craters.

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Science and Environment Satellites

Northrop Grumman is one of the industry's leading providers of science and environment satellites used to conduct astrophysics, Earth science/remote sensing, heliophysics, planetary exploration and technology demonstration missions. Our extensive and flight-proven line of small- and medium-class spacecraft platforms allows customers to select the right solution for their mission requirements…

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SIM Lite

A revolutionary spacecraft housing a high-precision optical interferometer will give astronomers the ability to precisely map the location and motion of stellar objects, and search for signs of earth-sized planets around stars close to the sun.

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Starshade

The Starshade, in development by Northrop Grumman, is a mission using a screen shaped like a set of flower petals, that would fly thousands of miles in front of a space telescope and eclipse different stars as needed to study planetary systems around the closest stars

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Technical Services

Headquartered in Greenbelt, Maryland, Northrop Grumman's Technical Services Division (TSD) provides a full spectrum of cost-effective engineering, manufacturing, fabrication, project management and program management services to NASA and other civil government, commercial and military space agencies. Our talented group of engineers, designers, technicians and program managers support all phases of…

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Venus Atmospheric Maneuverable Platform (VAMP)

The Venus Atmospheric Maneuverable Platform (VAMP) air vehicle (AV) is an aeroshell-less hypersonic entry vehicle that transitions to a semi-buoyant, maneuverable, solar-powered air vehicle for flight in Venus' atmosphere.

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