Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX will reduce its workforce by about 10 percent of the company's more than 6,000 employees.
The company said it will "part ways" with some of its manpower, citing "extraordinary difficult challenges ahead." In June, Elon Musk fired at least seven people in the senior management team leading a SpaceX satellite launch project. The firings were related to disagreements over the pace at which the team was developing and testing its Starlink satellites.
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. The management shakeup involved Musk bringing in new managers from SpaceX headquarters in California to replace a number of the managers he fired in Seattle.
Last month, SpaceX launched its first U.S. national security space mission when SpaceX rocket carrying a U.S military navigation satellite blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral.
In December the Wall Street Journal reported that SpaceX was raising $500 million, taking its valuation to $30.5 billion. The Hawthorne, California-based company had earlier outlined plans for a trip to Mars in 2022 to be followed by a manned mission to the red planet by 2024.
Another Elon Musk company, Tesla Inc said in June it was cutting 9 percent of its workforce by removing several thousand jobs across the company in cost reduction measures.