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    Posted by Frank Morring, Jr. 5:45 PM on Apr 15, 2010

    Colorado Springs - Northrop Grumman has won a place on NASA’s “catalog” of standard spacecraft for the hardware that formed the background for the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (Lcross) deliberately sent into one of the Moon’s deep polar craters in a search for water.

    Based on the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) the “Eagle-S” is one of three new space platforms Northrop Grumman is offering that build on past spacecraft, each optimized for specific launch vehicles and missions.

    Like Lcross, the Eagle S platform is built to take advantage of excess lift capacity on an Atlas V or Delta IV EELV. Lcross was developed quickly after NASA moved its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter from a Delta II to an Atlas V, and Northrop Grumman hopes to meet a need for more low-cost, rapid delivery piggy back EELV payloads. It can carry an 85-kilogram payload, drawing 100 Watts of power, with a design service life of one year.

    Drawing on its experience with the T-200 satellite series, which included the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer and South Korea’s Kompsat multi-purpose satellite, Northrop Grumman also is offering Eagle-1 – sized for the Space-X Falcon 1E with a payload of 200 kilograms and 200 Watts of power, and the Eagle-2 – at 450 kilograms of payload and 900 Watts the largest in the series. It can fly on Minotaur IV., Taurus 3210 and Falcon 9, the company says.

    Northrop Grumman is one of eight companies picked for the third update of NASA’s Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition Catalog, and will use the Eagle series as its catalog entries, according to a company spokesman who disclosed  the new offering at the 26th National Space Symposium here.

    Tags: ss10, os99, Northrop Grumman, NASA

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