SpaceX reportedly fired the employees who helped write a scathing open letter hitting out at CEO Elon Musk, the Washington Post has reported.
What are the details?
The outlet reported that the letter was “critical” of Musk’s Twitter behavior.
“In an email to employees Thursday reviewed by The Washington Post, the rocket company’s president, Gwynne Shotwell, said the letter ‘made employees feel uncomfortable, intimidated and bullied [sic]’ and pressured into signing a document that did not reflect their views,” the Post shared.
The workers, Shotwell added, were terminated. She did not specify the number of employees that lost their jobs as a result of the letter.
The outlet reported that Shotwell said the letter “threatened to derail SpaceX’s focus on several key tasks” including at least three launches.
“We have 3 launches within 37 hours for critical satellites this weekend, we have to support the astronauts we delivered to the [International Space Station] and get cargo Dragon [SpaceX’s unmanned flight capsule] back to flight-ready, and after receiving environmental approval early this week, we are on the cusp of the first orbital launch attempt of Starship,” Shotwell said. “We have too much critical work to accomplish and no need for this kind of overreaching activism — our current leadership team is more dedicated to ensuring we have a great and ever-improving work env…