"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.