The Canoga Park-based Rocketdyne division of Rockwell International has announced the shuffling of some of its top management.
Robert D. Paster will be the vice president of space shuttle main-engine development. He replaces Steve J. Domokos, who has been named to the new position of assistant to the president.
Michael L. Skolnick will be vice president for advanced programs, replacing Paster. Skolnick had been director of marketing and new development for advanced programs, the research and marketing arm of Rocketdyne.
The company would not discuss the reasons for the moves.
Paster, a 22-year Rocketdyne veteran, will be responsible for developing an upgraded main engine for the shuttle, according to a company statement. Domokos, as assistant to the president, will help Rocketdyne pursue National Aeronautics and Space Administration contracts for the design phases of NASA's planned space station.
Skolnick's duties will include helping the company move into "directed-energy" research, a company spokeswoman said. The research involves laser-related weaponry for the Strategic Defense Initiative, commonly referred to as "Star Wars."