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Northrop Grumman modular space vehicle enhances small satellite launch capabilities

27 February 2014

The plug-and-play Modular Space Vehicle delivered Feb. 25 by Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) will allow battlefield commanders to have satellites that can be launched to meet immediate needs.

The MSV is the first open systems spacecraft bus that supports a top priority of launching smaller, less expensive satellites in a matter of weeks for short-term missions a capability commonly referred to as “responsive space.”

A Northrop Grumman-led team designed and built MSV in 30 months under a task order valued at approximately USD50m. The company delivered the MSV to the Operationally Responsive Space Office at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., which leads US military efforts to shorten satellite development time.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Visit for more information.


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