NASA grounds project at Knolls laboratory End of $65 million program leaves 150 employees hired for Prometheus work with uncertain futures By ERIC ANDERSON, Deputy business editor First published: Saturday, September 10, 2005 NISKAYUNA -- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has pulled the plug on a $65 million nuclear propulsion research program at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, leaving 150 employees in limbo. "NASA and Naval Reactors have mutually agreed to terminate their partnership to work on Prometheus," as the program was called, a Knolls spokeswoman said Friday afternoon. "NASA has been changing its priorities. I don't have many details on this," she added. Knolls added 350 employees this year, 150 of them specifically for the space research program, and it planned to add more in 2006. Well - I have seen this before - no surprises here. :grumpy: This is what many nuclear and aerospace engineers have to face in their careers, since the late 1980's.