Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX is going to slash its nearly 6,000-stong workforce by 10 percent in an effort to become “leaner,” the company said in a statement cited by media.

“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,” an email from the company president and chief operating officer, Gwynne Shotwell, read, according to the Los Angeles Times. “This action is taken only due to the extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead and would not otherwise be necessary,” it reportedly added.

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However, there are more than 400 open positions in various fields at different SpaceX facilities, judging by the company’s website.

It is believed the layoffs would affect around 600 employees, who would receive a minimum of eight weeks’ pay and other benefits, while the company also promised to assist with career coaching and job searching. (RT)