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June 29, 1994 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rockwell Space Systems got a doozy of a request from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration 18 months ago: Cut maintenance costs for the space shuttle fleet by 20% or risk losing the contract. The Downey-based division of Rockwell International Corp. decided that one place it could save was on computer costs, which exceed $30 million a year. In a bold step, it decided to buy computing services from an outside firm instead of the corporation's internal computer department.
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June 29, 1994 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rockwell Space Systems got a doozy of a request from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration 18 months ago: Cut maintenance costs for the space shuttle fleet by 20% or risk losing the contract. The Downey-based division of Rockwell International Corp. decided that one place it could save was on computer costs, which exceed $30 million a year. In a bold step, it decided to buy computing services from an outside firm instead of the corporation's internal computer department.
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September 23, 1996 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Greg Miller covers high technology for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7830 and at greg.miller@latimes.com
Software Maintenance Specialists, a Santa Ana company that provides data processing and other computer services, has been named minority subcontractor of the year by NASA. The award recognizes achievements by minority entrepreneurs and minority-owned subcontractors, NASA officials said. Since 1994, Software Maintenance has handled data processing work for the Rockwell Space Systems Division in Downey as part of a NASA contract.
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September 13, 1990
Rockwell International Corp. recently contributed $7,000 to the general operating fund of the Downey Family YMCA, a chapter of the Metropolitan Los Angeles YMCA. Henry J. Dinenno, Rockwell's Space Systems Division vice president for advanced programs and business development, presented the check to Robert Golay, executive director and vice president of the Downey Family YMCA, and C. Richard Holmes, chairman of the board of managers.
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March 14, 1996 | TIM MAY
San Fernando City Councilman Raul Godinez was honored along with scientists from NASA, Rockwell Space Systems, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and others by the Los Angeles Council of Engineers and Scientists. Godinez, an engineer in the Los Angeles Department of Public Works, received the council's prestigious "Outstanding Community Service" award last month.
BUSINESS
February 22, 1995
Software Maintenance Specialists said Tuesday that it has signed a five-year, $12-million contract with Rohr Industries Inc. to manage information processing at Rohr's Chula Vista headquarters. SMS will support data services for mainframe computers at the site, where Rohr manufactures commercial and military aircraft components. About 25 Rohr employees will be affected by the agreement, the companies said.
NEWS
June 21, 1990
The Rockwell International Corp. Trust has contributed $6,500 to Downey Community Hospital to support the hospital's capital campaign to purchase specialized medical equipment. Rockwell International Space Systems Division (SSD) President Robert G. Minor and SSD Executive Vice President for Administration Robert G. Jones presented the check on behalf of the Rockwell Trust to Allen Korneff, hospital president and chief executive officer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1995
NASA officials are considering shifting the space shuttle production program from Rockwell International Corp.'s Downey plant to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to cut costs. About 2,000 of the 3,250 workers at Rockwell's Space Systems Division in Downey work on the shuttle, company officials said. An additional 450 work on a related program in Palmdale.
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May 11, 1994 | SHARON MOESER
Nearly three-fourths of the work force at Rockwell's Space Systems Division here will be laid off at the end of this month when modification work on the space shuttle Atlantis is complete. Rockwell spokeswoman Janet Dean said that effective May 27, the number of employees in Palmdale will be cut from 300 to 80. The few who are remaining will maintain the modification facility and prepare it for the arrival of the next orbiter.
BUSINESS
May 18, 1993
The Army is ending a $134.5-million contract with Rockwell International for kinetic energy anti-satellite systems research and design because of budget constraints, Bloomberg Business News reported Monday. Executives at the company's Seal Beach headquarters, however, have "not received any word from the customer" regarding the program, Rockwell spokesman Alan Buis said. "We are continuing to execute the program under terms of the contract."
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