SpaceX rocket explodes; Facebook dream to ashes
SpaceX Falcon explodes at its launch pad at Cape Canaveral on 1st September 2016. The incident happened during test fire and two days before the launch. Thankfully there were no injuries when SpaceX falcon exploded.
The Rocket was to liftoff the Israeli satellite that was intended to provide wider reach to Internet as an Facebook project in middle middle East, Europe and Africa.
On twitter, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said accident happened when propellant was being loaded, but the cause of the explosion was not determined.
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
Mark Zuckerberg could not hide his disappointment and made a statement on the Facebook that
“As I’m here in Africa, I’m deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX’s launch failure destroyed our satellite that would have provided connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else across the continent. Fortunately, we have developed other technologies like Aquila that will connect people as well. We remain committed to our mission of connecting everyone, and we will keep working until everyone has the opportunities this satellite would have provided.”
Mark responded to one comment about satellite insurance that ” The problem isn’t the money; it’s that now it may take longer to connect people.”
Its not the first time SpaceX rocket has exploded. Elon Musk has seen many ups and downs in life, we are he will come back in a strong way.