United Space Alliance announced on April 15, 2011 that layoffs will happen in waves on July 15, July 22 and August 12, 2011. Employees are given an option to volunteer to be laid off or be given 60 days’ notice in mid-May. This will cut United Space Alliance workforce by more than 50%.
Space Shuttle Endeavour (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-105) is one of two currently operational orbiters in the Space Shuttle fleet of NASA, the space agency of the United States. Endeavour is the fifth and final spaceworthy NASA space shuttle to be built, constructed as a replacement for Challenger. Endeavour first flew in May 1992 on mission STS-49.
The Space Shuttle Atlantis (Orbiter Vehicle Designation:OV-104) is one of two remaining operational Space Shuttle orbiters in the Space Shuttle fleet belonging to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the spaceflight and space exploration agency of the United States The Atlantis was the fourth operational (and the next-to-the-last) Space Shuttle to be constructed by the Rockwell International company in Southern California, and she was delivered to the John F. Kennedy Space Center in eastern Florida in April 1985.