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SpaceX Firing Trial Opens With Claim Musk Co. Cut Corners

Law360, Los Angeles (May 23, 2017, 9:46 PM EDT) -- SpaceX fired an avionics technician for raising concerns that the ambitious startup was cutting corners and pushing workers to falsify rocket-part safety tests, the man’s attorney told a California jury during opening statements in a retaliation trial on Tuesday, while SpaceX countered that his conduct frightened coworkers.

Jason Blasdell worked as a SpaceX technician from November 2010 until April 2014, testing avionics components of the Falcon 9 rocket, and received positive performance reviews, according to his suit. That changed after he told company officials, including CEO Elon Musk, that technicians were being pressured to deviate from test procedures, falsify the results...

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