Round of Layoffs Hit Kennedy Space Center

Space Shuttle Atlantis launch, May 11, 2009

Over 258 People Laid Off At KSC

A round of layoffs hit Kennedy Space Center’s largest contractor, United Space Alliance, Friday. Over 258 people who were employed by the United Space Alliance are out of work.

Many people volunteered for the layoffs, about 93 percent of the more than 258 laid off did so voluntarily and in many cases with a severance package.

It’s a relatively small number compared to what’s coming down the road. The first round of layoffs didn’t just target one specific sector of the shuttle workforce.

A spokesperson for the United Space Alliance says the job cuts were made company-wide in line with the staffing they believe they need to finish the shuttle flights scheduled for 2010.

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