A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket just exploded at Cape Canaveral
by Matt Burns
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.
— Todd Harrison (@ToddHarrisonDC) September 1, 2016
— ZEALANDIA IS EARTH’S 8TH CONTINENT (@hunter_blaeser) September 1, 2016
It does look pretty localized. Falcon 9 appears to have had a RUD well within her pad area. Still awful of course. pic.twitter.com/wdf09P6bKQ
— Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) September 1, 2016
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