Civil and Commercial Space

Civil and Commercial Space

Solving the mysteries of the universe. That’s Defining Possible.

Defining Possible in Civil and Commercial Space

Our depth and breadth of mission experience in developing leading-edge space technologies allows us to play vital roles in the quest to answer compelling questions about the origins of our universe, to explore beyond our own planet, and pioneer new technologies.

Our team is passionate about space exploration, science and technology. We have been part of space exploration from the very beginning and we continue to lean forward in defining infinite possibilities for our customers to solve their toughest problems as we build the future of space.

Civil and Commercial Space

Artemis Program

From boosters that launch astronauts to systems that will enable lunar landings, we are providing the technologies powering the Artemis generation.

illustration of James Webb Space Telescope in space

James Webb Space Telescope

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built.

Rendering of Commercial Space Station

Commercial Space Station

Northrop Grumman’s space station concept provides the foundation for a new economy in space.

TESS Satellite at Dulles Satellite Manufacturing facility

Science and Environment Satellites

Northrop Grumman has been designing and building space systems that have changed human understanding of the universe around us.

A large satellite in space above Earth's surface

Weather/Earth Observation

Northrop Grumman-built spacecraft have been monitoring the earth and providing vital data on land use and climate for over five decades.

Mission Extension Vehicle attached to a large satellite orbiting the Earth


Our on-orbit servicing technologies are paving the way for spacecraft servicing, life extension and robotic assembly.

Rocket taking off from launch pad, with smoke rising from the ground in front of blue sky

Space Launch

We built the world’s first privately-developed space launch vehicle and have since conducted nearly 100 space launch missions.

The new GEM 63XL motor is tested for ULA’s Vulcan Centaur launch vehicle.

Propulsion Systems

Northrop Grumman is the world’s premiere provider of solid rocket motors for strategic, tactical and space launch applications.


Communications Satellites

We are applying our complete mission engineering expertise to provide reliable communications satellites and ground systems that help bring people together.

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A highly reliable, resilient spacecraft for the most challenging and essential missions.

Propulsion Systems Analyses

Propulsion Products and Services

A complete range of propulsion products and services to develop and produce high quality flight hardware.

Videos: Discovery

Careers in Space

Space Careers in Greater Phoenix, AZ

Space Careers in Greater Los Angeles, CA

Space Careers in Colorado

Space Careers in Greater Baltimore, MD

Space Careers in Northern VA

Space Careers in Utah

How do we Define Possible in Space?

Read more about Northrop Grumman’s Innovation in Space.

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Keeping Astronauts Safe with NASA’s Orion Spacecraft’s Launch Abort System

Missile being launched into the air with smoke coming up from the ground

Rising to the Occasion: Northrop Grumman and the GBSD Program

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How Do You Test Hypersonic Systems?

satellite above earth

A New Space Paradigm Calls for Purpose-Built Spacecraft


An Ingenious Device: The Pinch Polarizer Is Used All Over Space

futuristic spacecraft above the moon

Spacecraft Design: The Art and Science of Breaking Barriers