posted on Jun, 3 2019 @ 07:30 AM
originally posted by: firerescue
...Northrup Grumman is already a significant player in the defense industry.
A little more of Northrup Grumman's aerospace bio:
Thiokol (or Morton Thiokol) was the company who developed the space shuttle's solid rocket boosters, the technology that we see here in this video.
People might remember Thiokol from the 1986 Challenger disaster caused by the failure of a seal on Thiokol's solid rocket booster.
In 2014, Thiokol (by that time named ATK) bought Orbital Sciences Corporation, who was a player similar to SpaceX in providing NASA with private
transportation services for sending supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). Orbital Science's spacecraft that delvers supplies to the ISS
is called the Cygnus. The combined company was called ATK Orbital.
Last year (in 2018) Northrup Grumman bought ATK Orbital. Northrup Grumman likely wanted ATK's solid booster technology they developed for the
shuttle, hence the acquisition. Considering the acquisition came so soon after ATK bought Orbital Sciences also makes me think Northrup Grumman might
have also wanted the Cygnus Spacecraft technology, with Cygnus being a proven pressurized and automated spacecraft that has flown to the ISS.
I say this because Northrup Grumman's "Innovation Systems" division recently unveiled concepts for a pressurized module for NASA's Lunar Gateway
(NASA's planned Moon-orbiting space station) that is derived from Cygnus technology. The module design would be tested as a potential habitat for the
Northrop Grumman, NASA test Cygnus-derived lunar
NASA Begins Testing Habitation Prototypes
So it seems they want to remain being a major player in the business of space exploration.
By the way, Grumman in the 1960s (before they were Northrup Grumman) was the company who designed and built the Apollo Lunar Module, the craft that
landed humans on the moon.
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