A Falcon 9 was set to launch this Saturday to take an AMOS-6 communications satellite into space intended to support a joint effort between Facebook and Eutelsat to provide Internet to 14 African countries. As a standard procedure, SpaceX did their pre-launch test this morning, which was sitting on a launchpad in Cap Canaveral, Florida. According to SpaceX, they were static firing the engines, and an anomaly occurred, causing the explosion. Thankfully, there were no casualties, as it was standard protocol to clear staff from the launchpad area. Here’s the direct statement from their Twitter account: Update on this morning’s
It was just another day at the office, and SpaceX broadcasted their launch live. With all the news around the Falcon 9, it’s no surprise they’re using it this time around to send the Thaicom 8 communications satellite up. If you’ve missed it, you can watch the YouTube replay of it below.