U.S.-Manufactured Payloads For Asia-Pacific Customers
Arianespace has completed the payload integration on its fourth
Ariane 5 to be launched in 2009, clearing the way for this
vehicle's liftoff from the Spaceport in French Guiana on Friday.
The heavy-lift Ariane 5 has been fitted with its dual payload
"stack" of telecommunications satellites.
Separate From Job Losses Due To Phase-Out Of Shuttle
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, a division of US global
security firm Lockheed Martin Corporation, said Monday it would cut
about 800 jobs by year-end to improve its competitiveness. The
company said the payroll deductions represent about 4.5 percent of
the overall workforce.