Two scientific spacecraft and a military communications payload produced by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) are observing major on orbit anniversaries this year as they continue to perform for many additional years beyond their design lives.
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"Make no mistake about the value of longevity on orbit or the significance of these achievements," said Jeff Grant, vice president and general manager, space systems division, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "They have a combined 25 additional years of on orbit performance. Chandra, Aura and the Milstar-1 payload are a great value to taxpayers and valuable resources to our military services and to science."
About Chandra, EOS Aura and Milstar-1
The Chandra X-ray Observatory, launched July 23, 1999, collects data about the life cycle of stars and the role of supermassive black holes in the formation of galaxies. One of NASA's Great Observatories, Chandra is managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center for the Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Northrop Grumman led an industry team as the telescope's prime contractor.
Aura is Latin for breeze and was launched July 15, 2004. It carries four instruments that monitor global climate change, most notably the Earth's ozone layer and the life-sustaining atmosphere's chemistry and dynamics. Aura is the second Northrop Grumman-built Earth Observing System satellite built for NASA to study the environment and climate change; it is the third in NASA's EOS series.
The first Milstar protected communications satellite, launched Feb. 7. 1994, gave U.S. national and military leaders a new capability: assured communications day or night, without detection or interception under any level of military conflict. Northrop Grumman provided Milstar payloads to Lockheed Martin, system prime contractor.
Source: Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)
Date: May 21, 2014