A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket just exploded at Cape Canaveral

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket just exploded at Cape Canaveral

by Matt Burns
TechCrunch.com

According to numerous eyewitness reports, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket just exploded during a test on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral. This rocket was set to launch on Saturday, September 3 on a mission to deliver Facebook’s first satellite to orbit. The status of the payload is unknown at this time.

The Associated Press is now stating that the rocket exploded during a test.

We reached out to SpaceX for confirmation and details of the explosion. They have yet to release a statement or respond.

This rocket was scheduled to launch the Amos-6 communication satellite, which among other functions included the capabilities for Facebook to spot-beam broadband for Facebook’s Internet.org initiative. Facebook and France-based satellite provider Eutelsat spent $95 million for a five year lease on the satellite’s Ka-band communication array.

The local county emergency management office states there is no threat to the general public in the surrounding areas.

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@murphypak @SpaceX @NASASpaceflight @CwG_NSF something exploded according to a friend working the shoreline. pic.twitter.com/S8Q0QdpQiF

— TraumahawkTV (@TraumahawkTV) September 1, 2016

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