SpaceX to fire 10% of staff, bracing for "extraordinarily hard times ahead" - report Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX is going to slash its almost 6,000-stong workforce by 10 percent in an effort to become "leaner", the company said in a statement cited by media.
Back in September, Musk revealed the new design of the Big Falcon Rocket, now simply called Starship, and confessed he wanted to emulate the design of the comic book rocket.
Musk tweeted out the first photo at the end of December, captioning it simply, 'Stainless Steel Starship'. "This means we must part ways with some talented and hardworking members of our team", the company said.
Last month, SpaceX launched its first United States national security space mission, when a SpaceX rocket carrying a USA military navigation satellite blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral.
We most recently saw the Starship in more than one piece, apparently in the midst of being assembled.
It is believed the layoffs would affect around 600 employees, who would receive a minimum of eight weeks' pay and other benefits, while the company also promised to assist with career coaching and job searching.
SpaceX founder Musk shared the first real images of the prototype from its Texas launch site and reassured his followers it is "not a rendering".
In a statement late January 11, the company confirmed that SpaceX is laying off a portion of its workforce in the first large-scale reduction of its workforce since the company was founded in 2002. This "hopper" test article will not actually fly into space. In addition, SpaceX plans its first deployment of its Starlink satellites this year, which will be the key infrastructure for its space-based Internet project.
The company already has an ambitious 2019 planned.
Two test satellites were placed into orbit in February 2018.
Derek Richardson has a degree in mass media, with an emphasis in contemporary journalism, from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. The rocket reportedly stands at 120 feet tall and will be used for a suborbital test launch in the near future according to the Tesla CEO. After dabbling in math and engineering courses in college, he soon realized his true calling was communicating to others about space.