Facebook Loses $200 Million Satellite in SpaceX Explosion

SpaceX studying telemetry video in failure probe

The Amos-6 mission was to launch Facebook’s first satellite that cost $200 million to connect parts of Africa with Facebook by providing internet facility. The cause is unknown and has been put down to “an anomaly” by the satellite’s owner, Elon Musk’s SpaceX company. What we didn’t know at the time of writing is that Facebook’s internet-providing satellite for Africa was destroyed in the blast.

As part of standard procedure, all rockets are given a static fire test during which the engines are ignited but the rocket is anchored to the ground.

The spacecraft is scheduled to launch this coming Saturday to take AMOS-6 communications satellite to provide internet connectivity to 14 African countries.

“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”, Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page.

NASA’s first mission to bring a sample of near-Earth asteroid remains on track for launch on September 8, despite the SpaceX rocket explosion that occurred on Thursday, the U.S. space agency said.

SpaceX had already been working at full tilt to get through a backlog of launch orders that arose after another mishap previous year in June.

Thursday’s launch pad explosion could derail the sale of Spacecom for $285 million to Beijing Xinwei Technology Group. NASA said SpaceX was conducting a test firing of its unmanned rocket when a blast occurred. It’s additionally a mishap for NASA, which has been depending on the private space organisation to keep the International Space Station loaded with supplies and, at last, space travellers.

It still isn’t clear just how badly the latest explosion damaged the company’s launch pad, which it had been leasing from the US Air Force.

Space X confirmed that both Falcon 9 and its Amos-6 payload were lost in the explosion, but there were no injuries in the explosion. NASA, one of SpaceX’s biggest customers, also said it wasn’t sure what – if anything – the blast would mean for future missions. “Our partners learn from each success setback”.