Aerojet Rocketdyne "Competitive Improvement Program" Means Consolidation and Job Cuts (Source: Aerojet)
Aerojet Rocketdyne plans additional consolidation and optimization over
the next two years. Aerojet Rocketdyne plans to consolidate two
California sites and one Virginia site while centralizing and expanding
in Huntsville with a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for
AR1 engine production, Additive Manufacturing, Composites production
and R&D, expected to be ready for production in mid-2019.
Approximately 1,100 of the existing 1,400 positions in Sacramento are
expected to be relocated or eliminated. Approximately 170 positions in
Virginia will be relocated or eliminated with relocations planned to
Huntsville and the company's facility in Orange County, Virginia.
Overall growth plans for Huntsville include the addition of
approximately 800 jobs to support America's space and defense needs for
the next quarter century and beyond. (4/11)
Time for Common Sense
with the Satellite Catalog (Source: Space Review)
While the US Air Force provides the most detailed satellite catalog
officially available, some objects are either missing or not updated.
Charles Phillips discusses why that catalog should be made more
complete, and how it could be done. Click here.
Blue Origin’s Status
Update (Source: Space Review)
The highlight of last week’s Space Symposium conference in Colorado was
arguably the display of Blue Origin’s New Shepard vehicle and an
appearance by company founder Jeff Bezos. Jeff Foust reports on the
status update Bezos provided on the company’s plans to send people on
suborbital spaceflights, perhaps in 2018. Click here.
The Small Launch Industry
is About to be Amazoned (Source: Space Review)
At a media event last week about Blue Origin’s plans, Jeff Bezos
suggested the company could get into the small launch vehicle business
as well. A.J. Mackenzie argues that if that happens, it spells trouble
for the various other small launcher ventures out there today. Click here.
All at Sea About
Reusability (Source: Space Review)
SpaceX is talking about not only increasing their flight rates, but
attempting to recover the Falcon 9 payload fairing and second stage as
well. Dick Eagleson examines how efforts to prove out second stage and
payload fairing recovery might proceed and looks at related logistic
challenges for SpaceX as it moves to greatly increase its launch
cadence. Click here.