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SpaceX boosted the latest batch of Starlink Internet satellites from Florida on Friday, launching a full launch weekend shortly after company employees were fired for criticizing the behavior of founder Elon Musk.
A 12:09 pm lift-off from Kennedy Space Center Pad 39A marked Starlink’s 49th mission, a satellite constellation. Provide internet coverage For swaths around the world, including North America, Europe and Australia. SpaceX has launched nearly 3,000 flatpack spacecraft so far.
Immediately after the launch and flight to the northeast, the 162-foot first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket landed on a shortage of Atlantic Gravitas drone vessels. This has made it the record leader for booster SpaceX, which has launched 13 times so far.
However, the company is not yet complete. Next, a team at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California will launch a German military radar satellite known as SARah1 at 7:19 am Pacific time on Saturday, June 18. Its Falcon 9 mission includes a local landing in Vandenberg’s landing zone 4.
Then, on Sunday, June 19, the focus will return to Florida as the team here launches yet another Falcon 9, this time from Cape Canaveral Space Force Base. The launch of the communications satellite of the American company Globalstar is set at 12:27 EST. After flying northeast, Falcon 9 will land on the Atlantic drone again.
SpaceX fires employees by letter
Friday’s launch New York Times A report pointing out that SpaceX has swiftly dismissed several employees for writing a letter condemning the actions of its founder, Elon Musk, in recent months.
Thursday, The Verge First reported A group of employees prepared letters condemning Elon Musk’s actions, from tweets to suspicions of incidents involving sexual harassment. New York Times Was after that Report first At the beginning of Friday, an employee was fired for spreading the letter.
“Eron’s actions in the public sphere are often distracting and embarrassing, especially in the last few weeks,” the letter read. “As our CEO and most prominent spokesperson, Elon is considered the face of SpaceX. Every tweet sent by Elon is a de facto official statement by the company.”
Over the past few weeks, Musk has spoken on several topics, especially on Twitter, from attacks on Bill Gates to company-wide telecommuting policies. A Recently insider report SpaceX also claimed to have paid $ 250,000 to the former company’s flight attendants after accusing Mask of seeking sexual favor during the massage.
A response sent to SpaceX employees, also TimesThe company’s president, Gwynne Shotwell, said the letter was an “excessive activity.”
“Letters, solicitations, and general processes have forced employees to sign things that do not reflect their views, causing discomfort, intimidation, bullying, and / or anger. “It was,” said Shotwell. “We have too much important work to accomplish and we don’t need this kind of overkill.”
The report did not identify the employees or the number of people involved in drafting the letter. SpaceX did not respond to requests for comment.
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Launched on Sunday, June 19th:
Rocket: SpaceX Falcon 9
Mission: Globalstar communications satellite
Launch time: From 12:25 am to 12:35 am
Location: Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Base
Landing: Drone ship
Weather: 70% “go”
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