United Space Alliance (USA), NASA's Houston-based space shuttle prime contractor, laid off 157 workers on Sept. 28 as program retirement and transition activities wind down. The losses—121 personnel in the Cape Canaveral area, 35 in Houston, and one in Huntsville, Ala.—leave the space operations company with a workforce of 2,263. More layoffs are planned for December and January, though the numbers are not clear, USA representative Tracy Yates said Oct. 1.

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