SpaceX to lay off 10 percent of workforce

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., delivering 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, completing a two-year campaign by Iridium Communications Inc. to replace its original fleet with a new generation of mobile communication technology and added global aircraft tracking capability. The Falcon 9 rocket […]

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) – SpaceX is laying off 10 percent of its roughly 6,000 workers, saying it needs to get leaner so it can succeed in enormous projects such as creating an interplanetary spacecraft.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the cuts were announced Friday in an email to employees of the Hawthorne, California-based company.

In a statement, Elon Musk’s firm says it needs to trim costs in order to take on ambitious projects that would have bankrupted other organizations.

SpaceX has a healthy business launching government and commercial satellites into orbit – including a launch Friday from California – and delivering supplies to the International Space Station.

But SpaceX estimates it will need billions to build a spaceship capable of sending astronauts to Mars and a satellite system for global internet service.

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