Northrop Grumman Gets Airbus as Satellite Platform Supplier

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) today announced the selection of Airbus U.S. Space & Defense Inc. as the commercial provider of satellite platforms for its proliferated-LEO constellation. Under the terms of the contract, Airbus U.S. will supply 42 satellite “bus” platforms, as well as support vehicle assembly, integration and testing. The Space Development Agency (SDA) selected Northrop Grumman in February…

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Kongsberg Orders Three Satellites from NanoAvionics

Norway’s Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG) has placed an order for three microsatellites with Lithuanian mission integrator NanoAvionics for a space-based maritime surveillance mission covering the North Sea area. All three satellites will be based on NanoAvionics’s largest satellite bus so far, the MP42 microsatellite bus. The surveillance payload will consist of instrumentation developed by KONGSBERG to include ‘”Automatic Identification…

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Northrop Grumman Completes STSS Demonstration

Built by Northrop Grumman Corporation in support of the Missile Defense Agency, two demonstration Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) satellites successfully completed their missions and have been retired. Their achievements pave the way for future operational missile warning and tracking systems that will defend the nation. “Launched in 2009 and expected to operate for four years, these demonstration satellites…

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Launch Success for Third Lockheed Martin-Built GPS III Satellite

June 30, 2020 – After a successful launch this afternoon, the third Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellite is now headed to orbit under its own propulsion. The satellite has separated from its rocket and is using onboard power to climb to its operational orbit, approximately 12,550 miles above the Earth. GPS III Space Vehicle 03 (GPS III SV03) is responding…

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