SpaceX laying off 10% of employees due to ‘extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead’

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    Private space leader SpaceX plans to lay off about 10 percent of its more than 6,000 employees across the nation, the company said Friday.

    The Hawthorne, Calif.-based company, which has a prominent presence on Central Florida’s Space Coast, said in a statement that the move would help it reach its ambitious goals. Among them, two multi-billion-dollar projects for a constellation of satellites and a new rocket and spacecraft intended to one day travel to Mars.