As part of a major restructuring of Elon Musk's carrier, SpaceX announced on Friday that it will reduce 10 percent of its workforce.
The move involves a planned reorientation of the workforce to achieve their long-term business goals. However, this represents a considerable success for the current labor pool with around 6,000 employees.
In a statement, a SpaceX spokesman told HuffPost that staff must be dismantled to help the company prepare for future success.
To continue delivering to our customers and creating the development of interplanetary spacecraft and a global, space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company. Each of these developments, even when attempted separately, has bankrupted other organizations. That means we have to part with some talented and hard-working members of our team.
We are grateful for everything they have achieved and for their commitment to the SpaceX mission. This action is taken only because of the extremely difficult challenges and would otherwise not be required.
One of SpaceX's main goals was to send tourists into space and possibly even land people on Mars, a project called Starship. In September, it was announced that the Japanese businessman Yusaku Maezawa will be among the first passengers on the company's lunar journey, which is expected to withdraw in 2023.
SpaceX has also started the mission to bring Internet services to Earth via a worldwide satellite network called Starlink, which will be deployed for the first time this year.
Despite the downsizing, the company has expressed its confidence in its financial position and its investors, and plans to launch two missions on its Falcon Heavy rockets and Starship launch tests before the end of the year.
On Friday morning, SpaceX made its first mission in 201