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Northrop Grumman conducts successful rocket test

Rocket Test
Posted at 11:01 AM, Feb 28, 2020

Rocket scientists with Northrop Grumman are pleased with the results of a rocket test conducted in Promontory Thursday afternoon.

The company "successfully conducted a full-scale static fire test of the second stage of its OmegA rocket."

The rocket is being developed to support the U.S. Space Force's National Security Space Launch program, and is on track for its first certification flight in spring of 2021.

"The rocket was designed to accommodate national security payloads while also serving the civil and commercial markets," a news release from Northrop Grumman said.

In Thursday's test, the rocket's second state motor fired for about 140 seconds> It burned nearly 340,000 pounds of solid propellant to generate more than 785,000 pounds of thrust.

"The test verified the motor’s ballistics and thermal performance as well as steering control and performance in a cold-conditioned environment. The test team collected more than 500 channels of data to aid in verifying the motor," the news release said.