Thursday, 17 January, 2019

SpaceX Layoffs to Affect 10% of Workforce Across US

Starship prototype Elon Musk Unveils SpaceX Starship Test Vehicle (VIDEO)
Nellie Chapman | 14 January, 2019, 17:16

Elon Musk's SpaceX will lay off about 10% of its more than 6,000 employees, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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.

He unveiled a steel-clad test flight prototype of the rocket, called Starship, this week.

The company cited the need to be leaner to keep delivering for customers and develop spacecraft and space-based internet. SpaceX has since confirmed the news, saying in a statement that it must get "leaner" in order to achieve its goals - ones that, it said, "have bankrupted other organizations".

"This means we must part ways with some talented and hardworking members of our team", the statement continued.

The company broke its own record with 21 launches in 2018.

The founder of the American company SpaceX Elon Musk has shown real photos of the new spaceship Starship.

SpaceX makes its money through private contract launches and USA government contract launches for NASA and national security missions.

SpaceX is now preparing to launch astronauts to the International Space Station through a contract with NASA - after years of uncrewed re-supply missions to the agency's space station. SpaceX also in 2014 laid off a significant number of workers, with two former structural technicians later suing the company over claims that SpaceX violated labour laws by failing to properly notify them beforehand.

SpaceX has completed Assembly of the test version of the spacecraft Starship. Rather, it is created to help the company understand the flight dynamics of the large vehicle, much like the Grasshopper test article did for the now common Falcon 9 first stage landings. Even so, those first movements won't likely be more than several meters, just like the first flight of Grasshopper. While at Washburn, he was the managing editor of the student run newspaper, the Washburn Review. 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. Since joining SpaceFlight Insider in 2015, Richardson has worked to increase the quality of our content, eventually becoming our managing editor.