PROMONTORY, Utah (ABC4 News) Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully tested its new rocket in Promontory, the company announced Thursday.
Northrop Grumman said Thursday’s successful test for the OmegaA rocket means it is on track to be used during its first full launch in 2021.
“The OmegA rocket is a top priority and our team is committed to provide the U.S. Air Force with assured access to space for our nation’s most critical payloads,” said Scott Lehr, vice president, and general manager, flight systems, Northrop Grumman.
During the test, the first stage motor fired for about 122 seconds, producing more than two million pounds of maximum thrust—roughly the equivalent to that of eight-and-a-half jumbo jets. The test verified the performance of the motor’s ballistics, insulation, and joints as well as control of the nozzle position.
A full-scale static fire test of OmegA’s second stage is planned for this fall.