Elon Musk oversees another discharge round for one of his companies. Image: DAVID MCNEW / AFP / Getty ImagesBay Rachel Kraus2019-01-12 18:19:57 UTC
After a successful year of successful rocket launch for Elon Musks private space company SpaceX, the company will return to Earth in 2019 hard and fast.
The company announced on Friday that it would dismiss ten percent of its workforce, according to Reuters. SpaceX currently employs around 6,000 people, so that at a 10 percent layoff, around 600 people lose their jobs.
The company cited the need to be "leaner" as a reason for dismissal. Reuters told Reuters it needed to cut costs to lower its vision of "interplanetary spacecraft and global, space-based Internet" to avoid bankruptcy.
The announcement is a departure from the headlines that shaped the ambitious company in a significant year. SpaceX successfully fired 21 rocket launches in 2018, sent a Tesla roadster into orbit with its Falcon Heavy rocket, and ended the year with a GPS satellite for the US Air Force two days before Christmas.
But it is not the first round of shooting for the company. Elon Musk triggered in June 2018 several members of the senior management team. The forces reportedly disagreed with SpaceX's StarXX satellites. Musk has also monitored layoffs and changes in Tesla's management.