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Lockheed Martin Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV)  (Source: Lockheed Martin)
About 510 employees in the Space Exploration division have received 60-day advance layoff notices

Now that the NASA Space Shuttle program is near completion, Boeing is announcing layoffs to employees in its Space Exploration division. 

Since the beginning of this year, NASA has begun retiring the last functional orbiters in the Space Shuttle program. In February 2011, space shuttle Discovery made its final flight, and in May 2011, space shuttle Endeavour launched for the last time. With both missions being successful, NASA is now planning space shuttle Atlantis' final launch, which is scheduled for July 8. 

With NASA slowly completing its Space Shuttle program, Boeing is issuing 60-day advance layoff notices to about 510 employees in the Space Exploration division. Those receiving layoff notices are about 260 employees in Houston, 150 employees at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and 100 employees at a company facility in Huntington Beach, California.

These employees' last work day will be August 5, pending the final space shuttle mission, STS-135. All workers receiving layoff notices will receive layoff benefits and career transition services. 

"We hope that the next generation exploration launch system will serve to mitigate some of these losses, but time is running out," said Brewster Shaw, Boeing Space Exploration vice president and general manager. "Our priority will be to ensure the last space shuttle mission is safe and successfully executed, allowing the Space Shuttle program to cross the finish line as a winner. We are supporting our employees in their efforts to move to other positions, and we are grateful to them for their dedicated service."

Boeing is looking to move employees to other programs like International Space Station and Commercial Crew Development.

Unfortunately, these are not the only layoffs being issued within the company. Previously, Boeing announced layoffs in the Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services. About 35 notices were delivered on May 20.

"We remain committed to NASA's human spaceflight program and will continue to pursue future opportunities," said Shaw. 

While this year marks the end of NASA's Space Shuttle program, it's not the end of American human spaceflight. NASA has designed the next space exploration vehicle, called the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV). Lockheed Martin is building the vehicle, which is expected to reach completion by 2016.

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Money sent to wrong location
By DUA1939 on 6/7/2011 5:55:16 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe we should stop spending $ and blood on ungrateful countries? Then, if not pay off national debt, spend it on the space programs and science research. I have no objection on having my tax dollars spent on science which will benefit us all eventually. Why couldn’t we have built a collider here?

By seamonkey79 on 6/8/2011 4:25:25 PM , Rating: 3
The black hole of Washington is much more powerful than the black holes that people were scared would destroy the planet, so they had to build the LHC overseas to keep the two most powerful forces in the known galaxy from destroying the universe.

maybe they should look...
By kattanna on 6/7/11, Rating: 0
RE: maybe they should look...
By Souka on 6/7/2011 5:45:04 PM , Rating: 2
Tee hee... they have a Linux System Admin job position posted... hmmn tempting....

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