Facebook-Backed $195 Million Satellite Lost in SpaceX Rocket Explosion

September 1, 2016 6:56 PM

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Facebook-Backed $195 Million Satellite Lost in SpaceX Rocket Explosion

A satellite co-funded by Facebook and intended to bring internet access to parts of sub-Saharan Africa, was destroyed on a launchpad in Florida today (Sept. 1), when the rocket meant to carry it to space exploded.

The explosion occurred at approximately 9:07 a.m. EDT (1307 GMT) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The AMOS-6 communications satellite was scheduled to launch on Saturday (Sept. 3), and was already secured atop a Falcon 9 rocket, built by Elon Musk's private spaceflight company SpaceX.

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