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SpaceX to fire 10% of staff, bracing for ‘extraordinarily difficult times ahead’

14 January 2019

The company earns tens of millions of dollars per launch. "This action is taken only due to the extraordinarily hard challenges ahead and would not otherwise be necessary", it reportedly.

Also Friday, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying 10 communications satellites.

Others said the sleek design and prominent fins closely resemble spaceships depicted in 1950s/60s films, Wallace and Gromit and even Toy Story. "This means we must part ways with some talented and hardworking members of our team", the company said.

According to reports on the internet, Musk said that the company should have its first orbital prototype by June this year. SpaceX, headquartered in Hawthorne, California, was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk.

Under the Commercial Crew Program, NASA and industry partners prepare for the next generation of American spacecraft that will launch astronauts to the International Space Station from here, the Space Coast of Florida. SpaceX was recently valued at $30.5 billion after initiating a $500 million equity sale in December.

Billionaire Elon Musk's rockets have been flying high of late, but his rocket company, SpaceX, anticipates some future trouble down on planet Earth.

SpaceX, which has developed reusable rockets and is working on Starship for a future anticipated Mars mission, gets most of its income from launching payloads for both private companies and the USA government. Musk said past year that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa made a "non-trivial" - but undisclosed - deposit to one day take himself and six to eight artists on a trip around the moon.

The Starlink project is set to compete with Canada's Telesat and OneWeb to become the first to market with a new satellite-based internet service. The company is ready to begin "hop tests" of the Starship prototype in Texas.

Last month, SpaceX launched its first national security space mission for the US military, using a Falcon 9 rocket to carry a $500 million Global Positioning System satellite made by Lockheed Martin.

SpaceX to fire 10% of staff, bracing for ‘extraordinarily difficult times ahead’