Northrop Grumman’s proposed buyout of Orbital ATK would give the company that built the Apollo-era lunar descent modules a path back into the human spaceflight program, as well as access to a family of launch vehicles for commercial and government customers.  Since losing a bid to build NASA’s Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle to Lockheed Martin Corp., Northrop Grumman has been largely out of human space initiatives,. However, subsidiary Scaled Composites of Mojave, ...

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