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
During a test run Thursday morning, the SpaceX Falcon 9 exploded at Cape Canaveral. The rocket was carrying the Amos-6, a Facebook owned satellite that was set to bring the internet to Africa.
Verge SpaceX was fueling up the Falcon 9 rocket for a test before this weekend’s scheduled launch of the Amos-6 satellite. Amos-6 was lost in the accident — you can see the fairing, or the top of the rocket where the satellite was being housed, fall to the ground shortly after the initial explosion. Facebook had planned to use Amos-6 to deliver wireless connectivity to sub-Saharan Africa as part of its Internet.org program.
This is the nice way of saying that Elon Musk has been unfriended…
— Matt Reagan (@reaganmatt) September 1, 2016