Northrop Grumman and STAR HARBOR to Collaborate on Commercial Space Station Research and Astronaut Training


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Northrop Grumman and STAR HARBOR announced a collaboration for market research and early development of an astronaut training program for Northrop Grumman’s space station concept. In December 2021, Northrop Grumman signed a space law agreement with NASA under the Low Earth Orbit Commercial Development Program for $125.6 million to design a safe, reliable, and free-flying commercial space station. profitable in low Earth orbit (LEO).

This collaboration establishes STAR HARBOR’s intentions to use Northrop Grumman’s commercial space station concept as one of the LEO destinations for in-orbit services and training for their customers. The collaboration will explore the development of Northrop Grumman’s customized astronaut training programs to help set a high standard of safety and customer service for commercial industry spaceflight training and mission implementation. These efforts will help support a prosperous future for the new space economy by accelerating humans and technology within the commercial aerospace ecosystem.

The collaboration also explores the development and integration of an optimal pipeline and verification process for STAR HARBOR’s LAB TO ORBIT™ R&D program. STAR HARBOR implements a robust research pipeline process to support researchers from design, prototyping and testing to flight readiness and mission success. In STAR HARBOR seeker training courses, participants will learn how to properly design payloads for different flight profiles, space environments and destinations while receiving expert support to get payloads certified and purchased on a flight. . The STAR HARBOR pipeline will provide an accelerated access point to bring research and researchers aboard the Northrop Grumman Space Station design.

About Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a technology company focused on global security and human discovery. Our pioneering solutions give our customers the capabilities they need to connect, advance and protect the United States and its allies. Driven by a common goal of solving our customers’ toughest problems, our 90,000 employees define the possible every day.


STAR HARBOR creates the world’s first fully comprehensive, publicly accessible spaceflight training center and state-of-the-art research and development campus. The unique STAR HARBOR facility will include an aircraft modified for parabolic flight, a 4 million gallon neutral buoyancy tank with an underwater habitat, a high-gravity human centrifuge, hypobaric and hyperbaric chambers, terrestrial habitats, high-tech space simulation technology and spacecraft models. STAR HARBOR’s HUMANS TO ORBIT™ astronaut certification program helps set industry regulations and standards for spaceflight safety. STAR HARBOR is committed to positively impacting research and education in sustainability and climate science, including creating local, national and international STEAM education opportunities.


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