Rocket Contractor Lays Off More Workers

By: AP
By: AP

Salt Lake City, Utah (AP) --

ATK Aerospace Systems is laying off hundreds of employees in Utah because of uncertainty over the direction of the country's space program.

ATK spokesman George Torres said the company dismissed 414 engineers, factory workers and others at three northern Utah locations on Thursday, Sept. 30.

Torres says some of the layoffs are due to the phase-out of the
space shuttle program. ATK makes shuttle boosters in Utah. But the
bulk of the layoffs came as President Barack Obama and Congress cut
back the scope of a successor space program.

Another dozen ATK workers are being laid off at Florida's
Kennedy Space Center and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in
Huntsville, Ala.

Thursday's layoffs bring to 2,100 the number of ATK employees
who have lost jobs over the past two years.

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  • by Angelina Location: Tallahassee on Oct 4, 2010 at 08:19 PM
    Sending men into space with rockets is far too expensive. We need a cheaper system for low earth orbit like a "sky hook" or an electric catapult. The money saved on the cancelled programs should be spent on research to find that new system.
  • by dog Location: gone on Sep 30, 2010 at 12:18 PM
    The "change" is here, VOTE IT OUT IN NOVEMBER.
  • by Ken Location: Tallahassee on Sep 30, 2010 at 12:06 PM
    Great job Barak! Summer of recovery huh? Tell that to these former employeed Americans who lost their jobs as a direct result of your policies. On a second note, how does it possibly make sense for the U.S. to scale back our space program, when that is clearly the future. We aer going to be behind China and Russia in a big way when it comes to space technology, and will be forced to play catch-up when a new President/congress finally take over and re-instate our space program. Doesn't seem like the Pres has the country's best interest in mind on this one. Cutting NASA is an extremely short-sighted approach to saving money that will end up costing us big in the end.
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