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150 people enter U.S. competition for private space travel. The Department of Defense is offering $500,000 to the winner of a competition centered on finding a way to send people into space. The department's goal is to make interstellar travel a possibility. Millionaire scientist J. Craig Venter is one of the 150 competitors who answered the government's call by entering the competition. Jun 17, 2011

Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin Space Systems to Eliminate Approximately 1,200 Positions. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, a major business area of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, announced today employment reductions designed to address affordability and improve its competitive posture. Space Systems, which currently employs approximately 16,000 employees in 12 states, will implement a broad-based workforce reduction of roughly 1,200 employees by year-end. It is anticipated that middle management will be reduced by 25 percent, with significantly smaller percentage impacts in other levels and disciplines. Operations across the country will be affected, with the largest impact expected at the company's sites in Sunnyvale, Calif., the Delaware Valley region of Pennsylvania, and Denver, Colo., where several of the company's major programs are transitioning out of development. Space Systems will offer eligible salaried employees an opportunity for a voluntary layoff to minimize the number of involuntary layoffs that will occur. The company also will provide career transition support to those affected by this workforce reduction. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company designs, develops, tests, manufactures, and operates a full spectrum of advanced-technology systems for national security, military, civil government, and commercial customers. Chief products include human space flight systems; a full range of remote sensing, navigation, meteorological and communications satellites and instruments; space observatories and interplanetary spacecraft; laser radar; ballistic missiles; missile defense systems; and nanotechnology research and development.

Marotta Controls Marotta Controls Showcases Motion and Flow Control Systems at the Paris Air Show. Marotta Controls, a leader in motion and flow controls, will present a wide range of mission-critical airborne systems, space flight components and capabilities at the 49th International Paris Air Show hosted June 20-26 in Le Bourget, France. Marotta Controls will showcase its M-PACT family of reusable, cost-effective pneumatic solutions designed to boost the efficiency of critical military aircraft and weapon systems while reducing maintenance and logistics costs. Also on display will be the M-CONTROL suite of electronic control systems, which have been chosen by international customers for their superior performance ability in extreme military environments. Marotta ControlsO airborne systems, components and electronic controls have been qualified for a variety of platforms including the F/A-18 Hornet, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, P-8A Poseidon, Small Diameter Bomb and chosen for the new Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM). This year Marotta Controls is also highlighting its world-class space-flight qualified components for pressure regulation and flow control. These components have been supporting manned and unmanned spaceflight for more than 65 years, and support a wide range of programs including Falcon 1, Falcon 9, H2A, H2B, Delta II, Delta IV, ST-5, GOCE, Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. Jun 14, 2011

NASA NASA fills Atlantis' tank with supercold liquid fuel. NASA put liquid fuel in the massive external tank of the space shuttle Atlantis on Wednesday to test updates to the tank before its scheduled liftoff next month. Crews filled the tank with more than 500,000 gallons of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen, and engineers will take X-rays of a section of the tank. NASA plans to launch the shuttle July 8 as the last flight of the shuttle program. Jun 16, 2011

NASA Robot gas station for spacecraft will ride final shuttle flight. The final space shuttle flight will carry an experiment that could alter the way satellites are designed, if the experiment is successful. The shuttle Atlantis will carry a robot gas station designed for spacecraft for delivery to the International Space Station. The flight, which is scheduled for July 8, is poised to be NASA's last shuttle mission. Jun 14, 2011

Pratt & Whitney Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne J-2X Engine for NASA's Future Human Spaceflight Ready for Test. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne completed assembly of the first J-2X upper-stage engine for NASA's next era of human spaceflight in preparation for demonstration testing expected to begin this month at Stennis Space Center, Miss. The J-2X is a highly efficient and versatile rocket engine with characteristics to power the upper stage of a heavy-lift launch vehicle. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX - News) company. Fueled by liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, the J-2X engine will generate 294,000 pounds of thrust to propel a spacecraft into low-Earth orbit. The J-2X can start and restart in space to support of a variety of mission requirements. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a part of Pratt & Whitney, is a preferred provider of high-value propulsion, power, energy and innovative system solutions used in a wide variety of government and commercial applications, including the main engines for the space shuttle, Atlas and Delta launch vehicles, missile defense systems and advanced hypersonic engines. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is headquartered in Canoga Park, Calif., and has facilities in Huntsville, Ala.; Kennedy Space Center, Fla.; Stennis Space Center, Miss; West Palm Beach, Fla.; and ARDE, Carlstadt, NJ.. Jun 13, 2011

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