Facebook’s Israeli satellite destroyed in Mysterious SpaceX explosion

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The explosion in Florida jeopardizes the $285 million sale of Israel’s Spacecom to China’s Beijing Xinwei.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has exploded at Cape Canaveral, Florida destroying Israeli company Spacecom Satellite Communications Ltd’s (TASE:SCC) Amos 6 communications satellite, which it was due to launch. The explosion occurred during a trial ahead of Saturday’s planned launch of the Amos 6 satellite. Spacecom’s share price fell 9% in late trading after news of the incident was reported.

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A major explosion during a SpaceX prelaunch test Thursday destroyed Facebook’s first satellite. The satellite, AMOS-6, was a project of Facebook’s Internet.org program to deliver internet to the developing world. It was intended to ride a SpaceX Falcon 9 into orbit this Saturday, and would have been the first satellite the internet giant put in orbit.

It was valued at approximately $200 million, according to Spaceflight Now.

The rocket on the launchpad when an explosion rocked Cape Canaveral, Florida, was a Falcon 9.

Ars Technica reporter Eric Berger tweeted that the explosion was the result of a launch pad anomaly, not a problem with the rocket — and that AMOS-6 was on board:

SpaceX confirmed that both the rocket and the satellite were lost:

AMOS-6 would have provided internet coverage to sub-Saharan Africa.