Earth and Space Science A-Z

Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder

Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder At Northrop Grumman, when it comes to designing space-based weather technologies, our goal has always been the same: to provide the most accurate, sophisticated and reliable systems available. That's why, for over 50 years, we've proudly added our name to more than 100 military-and civilian-use space-based…

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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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Dawn Spacecraft

Dawn is a planetary science mission funded by NASA’s Discovery Program who partnered with Northrop Grumman for the mission to advance understanding of the origin and evolution of the solar system by studying the protoplanet, Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres.

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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

What is Webb? Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. The Webb Telescope will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe. Northrop Grumman is focused on ensuring that this once unthinkable achievement becomes a…

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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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Landsat 9

Landsat 9: The Mission Scheduled for launch in September 2021, Landsat 9 is a joint mission formulated, implemented, and operated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS).  The mission builds upon previous Landsat missions and extends the global collection and distribution of…

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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

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…

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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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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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