Press Release

Boeing Announces Major Human Space Flight Transition

By SpaceRef Editor
July 31, 2001
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Boeing officials today announced a major transition of work in its
Human Space Flight & Exploration (HSF&E) business to better support
its customers, United Space Alliance and NASA.

Approximately 1,100 jobs will be redistributed with a significant
portion being relocated from Southern California to Florida and Texas.
The business-wide move of functions and related skills will allow
Boeing to complement customer functions for the International Space
Station and Space Shuttle programs specifically, while addressing the
business’s growing need for cost reductions.

“Boeing places a premium on the company’s legacy in human space
flight and its partnership with NASA and United Space Alliance,” said
Mike Mott, vice president and general manager for Boeing HSF&E.
“Safety is our highest priority. Boeing’s HSF&E management team will
take all necessary steps to maintain our critical skills and
`heritage’ knowledge in the Space Shuttle and International Space
Station programs.

“We plan to move complementing engineering and support functions
closer to our customers which will create synergy between the programs
and lower costs,” continued Mott. “The outcome includes integrated and
efficient engineering operations resulting in significant cost
savings, which we will be able to pass on to the customer, and
increased competitiveness for Boeing.”

The headquarters and associated functions for Human Space Flight &
Exploration will remain in Huntington Beach, which will become the
Design and Development Center for HSF&E. Sustaining engineering will
move to Texas and Florida. The sites in Huntsville, Ala., and
Palmdale, Calif., will continue in their current roles.

The company will provide a competitive relocation package to those
moving. For those who do not wish to relocate, every effort will be
made to find them another position with Boeing.

The Boeing Co., with headquarters in Seattle, is the largest
aerospace company in the world and the United States’ leading
exporter. It is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial
jetliners and military aircraft, and the largest NASA contractor.

The company’s capabilities in aerospace also include rotorcraft,
electronic and defense systems, missiles, rocket engines, launch
vehicles, and advanced information and communication systems. The
company has an extensive global reach with customers in 145 countries
and manufacturing operations throughout the United States, Canada and
Australia.

SpaceRef staff editor.