Northrop Grumman is moving forward to continue tests of a new military-tailored launch vehicle in competition with Blue Origin, SpaceX and United Launch Alliance amid the COVID-19 pandemic, United Press International reported Monday.
The Northrop-made OmegA rocket is under assembly at a Utah-based facility where protectively clad personnel perform activities.
Charlie Precourt, vice president and general manager of propulsion systems at Northrop Grumman, said the company also implemented work-from-home arrangements for applicable roles.
“We’re fortunate to be in a position where we can keep working, despite some problems with obtaining materials from our supply chain,” Precourt said in an interview.
Northrop aims to have the rocket ready for a potential, initial launch mission in spring next year.