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SpaceX downsizing workforce as it ramps up Starship, Starlink programs

12 Jan 2019, 22:00 UTC
SpaceX downsizing workforce as it ramps up Starship, Starlink programs
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The latest version of the BFR design, now dubbed Starship and Super Heavy. Image Credit: SpaceX
SpaceX says it is laying off about 10 percent of its roughly 6,000-employee workforce in a bid to “become a leaner company” as it works to develop its Mars spaceship and a global satellite internet constellation.
First reported by the Los Angeles Times, SpaceX’s Gwynne Shotwell sent an email to employees about the downsizing saying it was a “difficult but necessary” decision.
The completed Starship test article at SpaceX’s Texas launch site. Photo Credit: Elon Musk / SpaceX
“To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company,” the company said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “Either of these developments, even when attempted separately, have bankrupted other organizations. This means we must part ways with some talented and hardworking members of our team.”
This comes after SpaceX saw a record-breaking 2018 with 21 orbital launches. However, with the new Block 5 variant of the Falcon 9, fewer rockets are expected to be built at its Hawthorne, California, factory as each first stage is planned to be flown ...

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