Facebook Satellite Lost in SpaceX Explosion at Cape Canaveral*
A Falcon 9 booster rocket exploded on the launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, as tropical storm Hermine bore down on the area. An Israeli satellite that was to provide Facebook broadband to Africa was lost in the explosion, SpaceX confirmed.
“In preparation for today’s static fire, there was an anomaly on the pad, resulting in the loss of the vehicle and its payload,” SpaceX said in a statement Thursday morning.
The blast shook buildings some distance away, according to witnesses who reported it on social media. Thick black smoke could be seen rising from the pad, while secondary
The plume of smoke was tracked on weather radar.
There were no casualties from the explosion, and no threat to the general public, said the US Air Force’s 45th Space Wing, which controls the Cape Canaveral launch station.
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