Press Release

NASA and Northrop Grumman Sign Agreement for Use of Shuttle-era Facilities

By SpaceRef Editor
August 1, 2019
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Media are invited to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida from 8 to 10 a.m. EDT on Friday, Aug. 16, for the notification ceremony of Kennedy’s partnership agreements with Northrop Grumman Corporation. 

The event will highlight a Reimbursable Space Act Agreement for the use of NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), High Bay 2 and Mobile Launcher Platform 3 (MLP-3) and an Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) for land in support of Northrop Grumman’s modification of MLP-3. These facilities and assets were used during the Space Shuttle Program and are now available to commercial partners as part of the agency’s plan in support of a multi-user spaceport. Northrop Grumman personnel will be available to discuss this new partnership. 

Pursuant to a Launch Services Agreement with the U.S. Air Force, Northrop Grumman is developing a new launch vehicle, OmegA. The company plans to assemble, test and launch OmegA at Kennedy and will use VAB High Bay 2 for assembly and testing, and modify MLP-3 for use as an assembly and launch platform. These two agreements, along with future agreements for use of NASA KSC services and property, including Launch Complex 39B, will enable Northrop Grumman’s OmegA launch capability from Kennedy.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, space, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. Please visit and follow on Twitter, @NGCNews, for more information.

Accreditation for this event is open to U.S. media only. To receive credentials for this event, media must apply online by Thursday, Aug. 8 at:

SpaceRef staff editor.