For 600-700 SpaceX employees and contractors, celebrations over the first launch of the year did not last very long. Hours after the company’s 66th Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg AFB in California on Jan. 11, putting the final 10 Iridium Next Satellites into orbit to cap a two-year, eight-flight campaign, CEO Elon Musk and President Gwynne Shotwell called an all-hands meeting at SpaceX’s Hawthorne, California, headquarters to announce company-wide layoffs affecting ...

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