PARIS — SpaceX has firmly denied a wide-spread industry rumor — which has circulated among companies that are not SpaceX competitors — that the two satellites launched in February to test SpaceX’s future broadband constellation have failed in orbit.

The rumors have accelerated in the past two months following what appears to have been a series of layoffs at SpaceX’s satellite design facility outside Seattle. The layoffs, which occurred around July, have fueled speculation that SpaceX may be backing off the global broadband project, called Starlink.

Given Starlink’s . . .

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