Northrop Grumman and STAR HARBOR to collaborate
Northrop Grumman and STAR HARBOR have announced a collaboration for market research and the early development of an astronaut training curricula for Northrop Grumman’s space station concept. In December 2021 Northrop Grumman signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA under the Commercial Low-Earth Orbit Development program for $125.6 million to design a safe, reliable and cost-effective commercial free-flying space station in low Earth orbit (LEO).
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 is establishing a robust research pipeline process to support researchers from concept design, prototyping, and testing through flight readiness and mission success. In STAR HARBOR’s Researcher Training Courses, participants will learn to properly design payloads for the varying flight profiles, space environments, and destinations while receiving expert support to get payloads certified and procured on a flight. STAR HARBOR’S pipeline will provide an expedited access point to get research and researchers onboard the Northrop Grumman Space Station design.