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October 9, 1993 | JAMES F. PELTZ and RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
General Dynamics Corp. is negotiating to sell its San Diego-based rocket-building division to one of its major rivals, Martin Marietta Corp., industry sources said Friday. Martin Marietta builds the large-scale Titan family of space-launch rockets, and it would be able to extend its product line by acquiring General Dynamics' Space Systems division, which makes the smaller Atlas booster and Centaur upper-stage rockets. The division employs 3,900 people, including 2,600 in San Diego.
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October 9, 1993 | JAMES F. PELTZ and RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
General Dynamics Corp. is negotiating to sell its San Diego-based rocket-building division to one of its major rivals, Martin Marietta Corp., industry sources said Friday. Martin Marietta builds the large-scale Titan family of space-launch rockets, and it would be able to extend its product line by acquiring General Dynamics' Space Systems division, which makes the smaller Atlas booster and Centaur upper-stage rockets. The division employs 3,900 people, including 2,600 in San Diego.
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March 29, 1985 | BILL RITTER, San Diego County Business Editor
General Dynamics Corp. said Thursday that it has divided its Convair division in two, forming a new Space Systems division to coordinate space-oriented and strategic systems programs. About one-third of San Diego-based Convair's 12,300 workers were shifted Thursday to the new division, according to General Dynamics spokesman Jack Isabel, who added that overall employment is not expected to increase.
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January 15, 1992 | PATRICK LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing unexpected cuts in its space business, Rockwell International Corp. said Tuesday that it will lay off as many as 1,000 employees in Downey and Seal Beach by spring, the latest job cuts in the hard-hit Southern California aerospace industry. "We have encountered unexpected reductions in our NASA business," said Robert G. Minor, president of the Seal Beach-based firm's Space Systems Division.
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January 15, 1992 | PATRICK LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing unexpected cuts in its space business, Rockwell International Corp. said Tuesday that it will lay off as many as 1,000 employees in Downey and Seal Beach by spring, the latest job cuts in the hard-hit Southern California aerospace industry. "We have encountered unexpected reductions in our NASA business," said Robert G. Minor, president of the Seal Beach-based firm's Space Systems Division.
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October 23, 1990 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Loral Corp. said Monday that it plans to sell a 49% interest in Ford Aerospace Corp.'s satellite division to three European companies for $182 million. Loral, a New York-based defense electronics concern, will sell the minority interest in the Palo Alto-based Space Systems Division to Aerospatiale Societe Nationale Industrielle of France, Alcatel N.V. of Belgium and Selenia Spazio S.p.A. of Italy.
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June 5, 1987
The Pentagon boosted development of space-based killer missiles for the Strategic Defense Initiative by signing contracts with two contractor teams to build prototypes and flight-test the system. One three-contractor team--the Space Transportation System Division of Rockwell International Corp. of Downey; the Electronics Division of the General Electric Co. of Utica, N.Y., and LTV Aerospace & Defense of Dallas--received a contract for a three-year flight experiment.
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December 8, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Vytautas Cekanauskas, a former Hughes Aircraft electrical engineer who served as honorary consul general of Lithuania in Los Angeles for more than 30 years, has died. He was 80. Cekanauskas died of cancer Nov. 30 at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, said his daughter, Vida Bruozis. The Lithuanian-born Cekanauskas was appointed by the chief of the Lithuanian Diplomatic Service in 1977 and served in the uncompensated position until his death. In 1990, during his tenure, the Baltic republic's legislature declared its independence from the Soviet Union.
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August 24, 1990 | GEORGE HATCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After maintaining a low profile on the issue for months, Gov. George Deukmejian has joined the drive to keep the 3,200-employee Air Force Space Systems Division in El Segundo, officials close to the governor say. The officials say the state is now studying how it can help ease a shortage of low-cost housing for local Air Force personnel, a key problem underlying the service's tentative plan to move its space unit from the Los Angeles area.
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August 23, 1990 | GEORGE HATCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After maintaining a low profile on the issue for months, Gov. George Deukmejian has joined the drive to keep the 3,200-employee Air Force Space Systems Division in El Segundo, officials close to the governor say. The officials say the state is now studying how it can help ease a shortage of low-cost housing for local Air Force personnel, a key problem underlying the service's tentative plan to move its space unit from the Los Angeles area.
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October 23, 1990 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Loral Corp. said Monday that it plans to sell a 49% interest in Ford Aerospace Corp.'s satellite division to three European companies for $182 million. Loral, a New York-based defense electronics concern, will sell the minority interest in the Palo Alto-based Space Systems Division to Aerospatiale Societe Nationale Industrielle of France, Alcatel N.V. of Belgium and Selenia Spazio S.p.A. of Italy.
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March 29, 1985 | BILL RITTER, San Diego County Business Editor
General Dynamics Corp. said Thursday that it has divided its Convair division in two, forming a new Space Systems division to coordinate space-oriented and strategic systems programs. About one-third of San Diego-based Convair's 12,300 workers were shifted Thursday to the new division, according to General Dynamics spokesman Jack Isabel, who added that overall employment is not expected to increase.
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July 14, 1989 | GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Singer Michael Jackson wasn't the first "moonwalker" to capture the nation's attention. Twenty years ago--on July 20, 1969--Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong mesmerized the world when he took his widely televised moon walk. The Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center will commemorate that giant leap with "Moonstruck," a weeklong celebration that opens today in Balboa Park. The Space Theater's commemorative events will run in conjunction with 100 lunar celebrations around the country.
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September 7, 1986 | MARTHA M. HAMILTON, The Washington Post
The Reagan Administration has asked the Commerce Department to study whether the government agency that is the storehouse of 40 years of government-funded technical research should be sold, in whole or part, to the private sector. The Office of Management and Budget wants to consider alternatives for "privatizing" the National Technical Information Service.
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