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BEING AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE IS IMPOSSIBLE.
Until it's not.
- OmegA is an intermediate/heavy-class rocket serving a broad range of orbits for National Security Space Launch (NSSL).
- It leverages flight-proven technologies that have contributed to nearly 100 successful space launch missions.
The Right Priorities
Time and again, customers have turned to Northrop Grumman to produce a variety of launch vehicles. And each time, our team demonstrates unrivaled commitment to our customers’ success by meeting milestones, overcoming challenges and delivering on time.
We put our customers’ mission first. The OmegA team shares insights, progress reports, temporary setbacks and mounting success throughout the design and certification process.
Due to the variety of our business, our launch experts support 14 space and defense missions per year on average. Northrop Grumman employees have successfully completed nearly 80 launch missions and more than 770 total missions (orbital and suborbital).
Simpler Design, Low Risk
Northrop Grumman’s OmegA designers chose simplicity over reusability to provide the best value for our customers. OmegA is fully expendable, unlike complex reusable systems, which sacrifice payload capacity to carry return propellant. This limits the need for production and maintenance of recovery systems and avoids refurbishment challenges.
Based on 30 years of experience recovering solid rocket boosters from Space Shuttle launches, Northrop Grumman is confident the limited cost of OmegA is far less than the cost of recovering any reusable components.
The solid rocket propulsion on the first and second stages of OmegA draws on decades of reliable performance on the Space Shuttle, Minuteman, Trident (II) D-5, as well as targets and interceptors for missile defense. OmegA also employs advances in solid rocket technology to ensure sensitive payloads have a smooth ride. The Cryogenic upper stage is powered by flight-proven RL-10 engines.
The OmegA rocket has extremely low risk factors compared to vehicles with unproven engines. For example, fewer moving parts result in fewer failure points. Solid rocket motors, which have a 100 percent success rate over the past 17 years, provide the first and second stage propulsion.