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A Brief History of Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (GSI) is a private company that has an agreement with NASA to operate the International Space Station on unpiloted freight operations. NGIS was established in 2018, but it does have a lengthy aeronautical history and results from many other prior suppliers’ acquisitions and fusions.

Northrop Grumman, a  subsidiary of the Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, was founded by the acquisition of Grumman Aerospace by the Northrop Corporation in 1994. As shown in a schedule, Northrop constructed several fighter planes since the Second World War; Grumman constructed armed forces and commercial enterprise jets as well and was the chief contractor for the Apollo Lunar Module. Northrop Grumman purchased the construction company, Scaled Composites, in 2007

The corporation’s parent organization, Northrop Grumman, was founded in 1994 when Grumman Aerospace was purchased from Northrop Corporation. Northrop has constructed many fighter planes since World War II. Grumman has also developed commercial and military jet fighters and became the leading consultant for the Apollo unit. Come the year 2007, Grumman acquired the very first private, unmanned spacecraft vehicle to gain entry into the earth’s orbit, Scaled Composites, the builder of SpaceShipOne. Northrop Grumman is now the leading structural engineer for the Hubble telescope James Webb, which is due to start in 2020

As per a media statement, on the 5th of June 2018, the Federal Trade Commission ratified the takeover of the Orbital ATK, which is a private spacecraft company, with NASA agreements to the international space station. Northrop Grumman ATK was allowed to be the fourth segment of Northrop Grumman’s corporation, known as the Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS). Based on the most recent Sandra Erwin’s Space.com post, the other three are Aero Space Systems, the Project Systems, and the Engineering Services.

A consolidation between Orbital Sciences Corp. and Alliant Techsystems (ATK) established the orbital ATK in February 2015. The firms have initially collaborated on many instances, such as the Antares space shuttle from Orbital, whereby ATK supplied robust rocket engines in the propulsion system. Here the aircraft carriers were also successfully delivered safely to low earth orbit by ATK’s thrusters, apart from one disastrous setback in 1986, which resulted in the death of 7 astronauts in the Challenger space shuttle. Well into the aftermath of the catastrophe, ATK changed the architecture of their thrusters, and in December 2015, trips returned to normal marked by a launch of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V. Cygnus took ten flights on both the rockets of Antares and Atlas V.