Elon Musk shows off prototype of Mars-bound rocket, Starship

12 Janvier, 2019, 07:44 | Auteur: Auguste Feret

The company said it will "part ways" with some of its manpower, citing "extraordinarily hard challenges ahead".

Citing an email sent to employees on Friday, the Los Angeles Times said the company was offering those affected a minimum of eight weeks' pay and other benefits, including career coaching and resume assistance.

On Twitter, Musk also noted that the Starship vertical flight tests will be similar to those performed with the Falcon 9 Hopper, a 10-story Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle that SpaceX created to test technologies required to return rockets back to Earth, according to the description of a 2013 SpaceX YouTube video. However, the launch and satellite initiatives the company is pursuing will each require several billion dollars to complete.

Musk has estimated it will cost up to United States $10 billion to develop a spaceship that could send humans to Mars.

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SpaceX's Starlink program is competing with OneWeb and Canada's Telesat to be the first to market with a new satellite-based internet service.

This year, the company plans to begin Starship test flights and to launch the first Starlink satellites.

"To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company", said the statement.

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

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