Sun, May 22, 2005
Planning Ahead For 2010
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin
met with workers at Kennedy Space Center Friday to discuss upcoming
job changes and cuts. He said that many jobs will have to change
and some will be lost as the agency prepares to shut down the
shuttle program and develop a new spaceship.
"I report to the president," said Griffin according to media
reports. "The president has said we're retiring the orbiter by
2010, and that's what we're doing."
"Not everyone will transition," he said. "One of the main issues
with the orbiter is how much it takes to care and feed the
Griffin warned employees that the transition will be a
challenge. "You enter a period where you need to watch out for
yourself, and you need to look out for new opportunities."
"The new system must have lower fixed costs," Griffin said of
the proposed Crew Exploration Vehicle in a hearing before a Senate
oversight committee Wednesday. "Lower fixed costs means a smaller
Griffin said that he would be would be working to narrow the gap
between the retirement of the shuttles and the replacement ship to
reduce the loss of skilled workers. However, he will not rush the
"If it takes more than five years, then it does," said Griffin
according to Florida Today. "It will take what it takes."
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