Elon Musk’s SpaceX to ‘part ways’ with some of it manpower

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However, just a day after the announcement, SpaceX said it must lay off 10 percent of its more than 6,000 employees.

The company cited the need to be leaner to keep delivering for customers and develop spacecraft and space-based internet.

"Either of these developments, even when attempted separately, have bankrupted other organisations", it added.

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

"We are grateful for everything they have accomplished and their commitment to SpaceX's mission", the company said.

The company said it will "part ways" with some of its employees as it faces "extraordinarily hard challenges ahead".

Still, the announcement came as SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Friday, carrying 10 communications satellites.

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News of the layoffs first surfaced from the LA Times, which received a copy of the email sent to employees by Shotwell.

The company earns tens of millions of dollars per launch.

The founder of the American company SpaceX Elon Musk has shown real photos of the new spaceship Starship. In December, it launched its first USA national security space mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Musk removed seven senior figures from the firm last June after he became frustrated with the slow pace at which the team were developing and testing the Starlink satellites of the company.

And Musk recently shared images of an operational model for Starship that he plans to use to conduct short "hop" test flights this year at a facility in Texas.

As you know, the company SpaceX is developing a spacecraft Starship and a giant Super Heavy rocket to fly people to the moon and back, to Mars, and in General throughout the Solar system. In addition, SpaceX plans its first deployment of its Starlink satellites this year, which will be the key infrastructure for its space-based Internet project. As part of its effort to fund its highly expensive programmes in the coming years, the company raised an estimated $250 million (£194 million) in its first loan sale, the Wall Street Journal reported in November.

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