Scoop – SpaceX has had some recent changes to leadership of its rocket business, with a pair of VPs and a senior director leaving the company, sources told CNBC:…
VP of propulsion Will Heltsley has left, sources said, having been with the company since 2009 – Heltsley was taken off Raptor due to a lack of progress, demonstrating the intense pressure given the engine's importance to Starship.…
On the SpaceX mission and launch operations team, VP Lee Rosen and senior director Ricky Lim both left – with Rosen having been there since 2013 and Lim since 2008.…
A handful of other long-time employees left after SpaceX closed its purchase offer on Friday, timing which people familiar with the matter indicated was in part tied to employees’ stock vesting schedules.…

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