News has leaked that Elon Musk back in June terminated “at least seven” senior managers who had been working on his futuristic plan to build his massive network of satellites designed to bring internet to everyone on earth who can’t currently receive it.
Starlink, the official name of Musk’s satellite internet concept, has been beset with problems and has fallen seriously behind schedule. The plan calls for thousands of satellites to be put in low orbit around the earth, but so far SpaceX has only launched two test satellites.
At this rate the youthful Musk will be old and gray before his outer space network becomes a reality. Hence the firings.
The Daily Mail provides the details:
Within hours of landing, Musk had fired at least seven members of the program’s senior management team at the Redmond, Washington, office, the culmination of disagreements over the pace at which the team was developing and testing its Starlink satellites, according to the two SpaceX employees with direct knowledge of the situation, according to Reuters.
Known for pushing aggressive deadlines Musk quickly brought in new managers from his SpaceX program in California to replace the fired managers.
Their mandate: Launch SpaceX’s first batch of US-made satellites by the middle of next year.
Why is Musk cracking the whip and demanding faster progress?
His proposed satellite network will deliver high-speed Internet to unserved and underserved rural and suburban locations around the world and generate the profits Musk and SpaceX desperately need to fund develop a powerful new rocket that can take wealthy customers to the moon in the near term and on to Mars in the longer term.
The senior level firings are just the tip of the high tech iceberg. One unidentified SpaceX employee told the Daily Mail that “…about 50 employees left the company ‘on their own accord.’”
We wish Musk and the new SpaceX management team the very best. Many of our rural readers eagerly await the completion of the company’s constellation of satellites. We suspect that they will among the first customers to sign up for SpaceX internet service as soon as it becomes available.
Go, Elon, go.