A visit to the Kennedy Space Center highlights the sense of dread that the space industry is feeling about the scheduled retirement of the space shuttle fleet next year. Contractors that have grown up around the program during the past 35 years are facing a huge drop in revenues, especially since a shuttle follow-on won’t be operational until at least 2015. United Space Alliance (USA), a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. that provides launch support and shuttle ...

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