SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded yesterday September 1 at launch pad during a propellant fill operation. The rocket was to launch the AMOS-6 communication satellite on September 3. The satellite and the launcher were destroyed. No one was hurt in the explosion.
The AMOS-6 satellite was intended to provide internet coverage to large parts of east, west and south africa was secured at the top of the rocket at the time of explosion.
AMOS-6 satellite was to be Facebook’s first satellite. Mark Zukerburg, the founder of Facebook posted that he was “deeply disappointed”.
A video of the explosion shows a fireball engulfing the rocket standing on the pad. The explosion was “heard and felt for miles around” according to a news article about the event
The cause of the explosion is still unknown according to Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX.
Loss of Falcon vehicle today during propellant fill operation. Originated around upper stage oxygen tank. Cause still unknown. More soon.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 1, 2016