Boeing support personnel for the International Space Station (ISS) and Space Shuttle have begun moving into a $3 million, engineering/mission support room (EMSR).

Similar to NASA's mission control complex at Houston, the EMSR was opened at the company's Huntington Beach site in California on 18 October.

It replaces a nearby Rockwell control site, which has been in use since the 1960s when it was inaugurated for Apollo missions.

Its move to the former McDonnell Douglas site represents another phase of the Boeing consolidation in the area.

Around 4,000 space workers will be relocating to the southern Californian site.

Stan Albrecht, Boeing Reusable Space Systems vice-president, says the EMSR also "represents a significant investment by Boeing in America's human space flight programme future."

Boeing EMSR engineers, at 70 consoles, will, from late October, receive real time Shuttle telemetry and ISS data from Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Source: Flight International