Looking for Those New Jobs

High-tech training industry says it could absorb many shuttle job losses, Orlando Sentinel

"With thousands of Space Coast workers facing unemployment as the U.S. space-shuttle program winds down, Orlando's high-tech military-training industry says it has jobs for many of those who will be displaced. But work-force officials in Brevard County aren't convinced the region's training-simulation companies will have nearly enough openings for those expected to lose their jobs when shuttle launches end at Kennedy Space Center. Even if such jobs materialize, there is not enough money, so far at least, to retrain space workers to fill them, Brevard officials say. Few shuttle contractors have offered to retrain their employees, fearing it could undermine the shuttle program while there is still hope it might be extended or saved. And NASA hasn't put any money toward retraining, though the space agency says it supports the use of such services where available."

Former congressman lobbies for commercial space firm while trying to defend NASA manned space flight jobs for Huntsville, Huntsville Times

"Cramer, a veteran Democratic lawmaker who did not run for re-election in 2008, said Tuesday that if Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, wants anything that is detrimental to Huntsville and Marshall Space Flight Center, he will not participate. ... Cramer said he knew when he joined Wexler & Walker in January 2009 that its executive chairman, former Rep. Robert Walker of Pennsylvania, was an advocate of commercial space interests. But he warned his firm that his 18-year congressional career looking out for Marshall and the Huntsville region would take precedence."

Keith's note: FYI Cramer's parent firm, Wexler & Walker, is run by Bob Walker - and Walker and Newt Gingrich wrote a very glowing endorsement of Obama's space commericalization plans in February. Despite the gloom and doom that Sen. Shelby et al continue to cast over this, Alabama stands to benefit from increased commercial space activity and a lot of that benefit has direct relationships to NASA expertise resident in Alabama.

Gingrich & Walker: Obama's brave reboot for NASA, Washington Times

"Critics likely will raise the issue of safety and reliability. However, there already are rockets in the American inventory that are trusted by our government to launch billion-dollar satellites and have proved to be quite reliable. Those vehicles can be modified to carry human crews safely. New rockets under development have been designed from the outset with manned missions in mind, and with the assurance of NASA business, necessary large-scale development can be done so they can be added to the commercial inventory. "

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