Following the cancellation of Northrop Grumman’s OmegA rocket, work to demolish the vehicle’s launch tower on a repurposed former Shuttle program Mobile Launch Platform (MLP) will mark the erasure of the program from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). It was hoped OmegA would allow the “clean pad” at 39B to fall under the assigned mandate of a ‘Multi-User Spaceport’. Instead, 39B will now only see a maximum of one SLS launch per year.
OmegA’s short life ended when Northrop Grumman lost out on the National Security Space Launch award from the U.S. Space Force, which was split between ULA and SpaceX.
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Although the company only admitted the vehicle was to be shelved this week, the program was ended within days of losing out on the award. The rocket’s demise was confirmed by a work stoppage relating to OmegA-related groundwork involving the use of a High Bay inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and the tower on the MLP.
MLP-3 was a former Space Shuttle platform and was being repurposed to host OmegA launches via rollouts from the VAB’s High Bay-2 (HB2).
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