Space layoffs are accelerating this month in the wake of the final space shuttle flight. Meanwhile, commercial space companies are expanding in Florida, California and Texas as they ramp up programs designed to carry American astronauts into space.
First, the bad news:
- Approximately 1,000 space shuttle workers will lose their jobs this month, including 515 at United Space Alliance’s Houston operations and 285 additional USA workers in Huntsville, Houston and Huntington Beach, Calif.
- Boeing and Lockheed Martin are also planning layoffs
- ATK laid off approximately 100 employees in Utah as a result of the space shuttle’s demise.