SpaceX explosion destroys Facebook’s $200m satellite

A SpaceX rocket which exploded at its launch pad in Cape Canaveral yesterday, had destroyed a satellite that was meant to be used for Facebook’s (FB) new program to deliver internet services to developing world.

The satellite, which was named AMOS-6, was result of a partnership between Facebook and French satellite firm Eutelsat Communications; AMOS-6 was set to ride into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday. The Falcon 9 was destroyed after a launch pad anomaly triggered the explosion.

AMOS-6 would have been the first satellite of Facebook’s initiative to bring internet access to Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.

Meanwhile, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, addressed the setback in a post on the social media site.

He said: “As I’m here in Africa, I’m deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX’s launch failure destroyed our satellite that would have provided connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else across the continent.

“Fortunately, we have developed other technologies like Aquila that will connect people as well. We remain committed to our mission of connecting everyone, and we will keep working until everyone has the opportunities this satellite would have provided.”