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Elon Musk’s SpaceX to lay off hundreds of workers, source says

Elon Musk SpaceX starship Save Save The SpaceX 'Starship Hopper'
Jean Garcia | 14 January, 2019, 17:15

In annoying the layoffs, SpaceX cited "extraordinarily hard challenges ahead" in achieving its twin goals of developing interplanetary spacecraft as well as establishing a space-based Internet platform. Highlights include its multibillion-dollar contracts to resupply the International Space Station and develop a space taxi for NASA astronauts, plus last year's maiden launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket.

The firm announced that it would be parting ways with approximately 600 of its employees because of the "extraordinarily hard challenges ahead".

He added: "Either of these developments, even when attempted separately, have bankrupted other organizations".

In an email written by President Gwynne Shotwell obtained by The LA Times, employees were informed of the cuts and told "this was a very hard but necessary decision". "This means we must part ways with some talented and hardworking members of our team", the company said. A crewed Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to send U.S. astronauts to the ISS later this year.

As reported by a billionaire, the first flight to Mars with a crew and hundreds of passengers would be possible in the middle of the 2020-ies, but on the condition that the development vehicle will be a success.

But the company has several expensive projects in the works.

Last month, SpaceX launched its first U.S. national security space mission, when a SpaceX rocket carrying a United States military navigation satellite blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral.

Tehran Warns Poland: Don't Side with U.S. Against Iran
Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said the summit was being held because U.S. sanctions had failed to bring Iran to its knees. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has denounced the planned event in Poland as a "desperate anti-Iran circus".

Musk has estimated it will cost up to USA $10 billion to develop a spaceship that could send humans to Mars.

The completed Starship test article at SpaceX's Texas launch site.

Another $10bn (£7.7bn) project called Starlink would create a constellation of satellites to provide affordable broadband internet service.

On Friday morning, SpaceX marked its first mission of 2019 with the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California.

The Wall Street Journal reported in December that the rocket company was planning to raise the funds at a $30.5 billion valuation.

However, there are more than 400 open positions in various fields at different SpaceX facilities, judging by the company's.

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