The Texas layoffs will mostly affect workers at Johnson Space Center who are involved in the day-to-day operations of the Shuttle program. The layoffs will also affect up to 1000 United Space Alliance workers in Florida and Alabama. The Space Alliance’s Kari Fluegel says with the end of the Shuttle program imminent, the layoffs or necessary, but not easy.
“Lay-offs are always a difficult time for anyone involved, but we’re doing what we can. We’re communicating as frequently as we can with our employees and providing them information and resources so they can make this transition as easily as possible.”
Fluegel says employees will be given an opportunity to volunteer for layoffs between now and August. The last Space Shuttle Flight is set for early next year, although there is a possibility of a mission next summer. This is the third round of layoffs for United Space Alliance since October of last year.