Orbital ATK Bacchus facility
Orbital ATK is developing a new rocket that could eventually compete for Air Force missions. Credit: Orbital ATK

Orbital ATK has laid off 61 people in its propulsion systems division, the company said April 6. The company said the layoffs were in locations in Alabama, Florida, and Utah, but did not go into greater detail about the facilities affected. The company, formally created two months ago when the merger of Orbital Sciences and ATK closed, said “a business need to reduce costs, streamline and become more efficient” led to the layoffs.

Jeff Foust writes about space policy, commercial space, and related topics for SpaceNews. He earned a Ph.D. in planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree with honors in geophysics and planetary science...