Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems: GEOStar small-geo platform, satellite mission extension anchor commercial offer

by Amy Svitak

PARIS — Northrop Grumman’s purchase of Orbital ATK in 2018 raised the question: What does Northrop want to do with the commercial space business that came along with the sale?

The deal occurred in the teeth of a sharp downturn in commercial satellite sales industry-wide, and a Pentagon prime contractor like Northrop was never going to be impressed by the thin operating margins in that business.

But the new Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems division has plans for the commercial space sector and Orbital’s GEOStar line . . .

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