Vice President Harris pushes to broaden U.S. space industry workforce

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(Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday announced a new coalition of companies involved in the space industry, aimed at increasing job opportunities in the sector, notably for people from traditionally under-represented backgrounds.

The coalition, to be launched next month with three pilot programs, will be anchored by Blue Origin, Boeing Co, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman Corp. Other partners will include Amazon, Space X and Virgin orbit, Harris's office said in a statement.

(Reporting by Akanksha Khushi in Bengaluru; editing by John Stonestreet)