Completion of Space Shuttle Program Means Layoffs for 160 Houston Boeing Employees

With the wind-down of the space shuttle, layoffs have been announced at Boeing's space exploration division. That's affecting jobs here in Houston and two other locations, as Ed Mayberry reports.

It’s a move that’s been looming on the horizon, with the end of the space shuttle program. About 510 employees have been given layoff notices, including 260 employees in Houston. Pending completion of the final shuttle mission, STS-135, the last workday for those affected will be August 5th.

The company says in a news release that it’s trying to redeploy personnel to other programs, such as the International Space Station and Commercial Crew Development, saying it wants to retain as many skilled workers as possible. The company is providing layoff benefits and career transition services.

Boeing has taken part in every major human spaceflight program since Project Mercury, and has been a major subcontractor to United Space Alliance, NASA’s prime contractor for space shuttle operations. The company designed and manufactured the space shuttle orbiters.


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Ed Mayberry

Ed Mayberry

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Ed Mayberry has worked in radio since 1971, with much of his early career as a rock’n’roll disc jockey. He worked as part of a morning show team on album rock station KLBJ-FM, and later co-hosted a morning show at adult rock station KGSR, both in Austin. Ed also conducted...

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