Northrop Grumman to provide navigation system for sun exploration mission

|About: Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC)|By:, SA News Editor

Northrop Grumman (NOC -0.1%) has been awarded a nearly $3M contract from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to supply its space inertial reference system for the Solar Probe Plus program, which APL manages for NASA.

Solar Probe Plus is expected to launch in 2018 and will explore the sun's outer atmosphere, or corona, for the first time.