Northrop Grumman completes test of Omega rocket 2nd stage


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Capitalism in space: Northrop Grumman yesterday successfully executed a static fire test of the second stage of its OmegA rocket, set for first launch next year.

The first two stages are solid rockets, based on the solid rockets used by the space shuttle. They still have to test the liquid-fueled third stage.

The rocket’s development has essentially been funded by the military, and will thus be used mostly by them to launch national security payloads.

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One comment

  • sippin_bourbon

    So I was not familiar with this project. Did some reading.

    It’s the Constellation/Aries concept, on steroids, yes?

    The one NASA and Obama said was going to cost too much, and never work?

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