SpaceX Rocket EXPLODES At Cape Canaveral Blowing Up Facebook’s 150 MILLION Dollar Internet Satellite (Video)

SpaceX Rocket EXPLODES At Cape Canaveral Blowing Up Facebook’s 150 MILLION Dollar Internet Satellite (Video)

NASA says SpaceX was conducting a test firing of its unmanned rocket when a blast occurred Thursday morning at Cape Canaveral Space Center-Blowing up Facebook’s 150 million dollar internet satellite.

According to The Sun UK , NASA says SpaceX was conducting a test firing of its pioneering unmanned rocket when disaster struck.

A series of explosions sent smoke and flames shooting through the sky and shook buildings miles away.

A series of explosions sent smoke and flames shooting through the sky and shook buildings miles away.

Fire and smoke could be seen billowing from the launch pad as the rocket exploded

Fire and smoke could be seen billowing from the launch pad as the SpaceX rocket exploded

The rocket was supposed to hoist an Israeli communications satellite this weekend.

The rocket was supposed to hoist an Israeli communications satellite this weekend

The Israeli made Amos-6 satellite

The Israeli made Amos-6 satellite (pictured) was carrying technology to allow Facebook to provide wireless internet directly to smartphones in sub-Saharan Africa.

The blast took with it Facebook’s first satellite costing the company a whopping £150 million.

SpaceX – founded by PayPal and Tesla tycoon Elon Musk – confirmed there was an anomaly on the launch pad which resulted in the loss of the rocket and its payload.

The Israeli made Amos-6 communications satellite was, according to Tech Crunch, carrying technology to allow Mark Zuckerberg’s firm to spot beam wireless internet directly to smartphones in sub-Saharan Africa.

The social media company was working in conjunction with a French satellite provider named Eutelsat to lease the communication array for five years.

The first explosion occurred shortly before 9am with a second blast following about 20 minutes later.

Buildings several miles away shook from the blast and multiple explosions continued for several minutes. A cloud of dark smoke filled the overcast sky.

The test, considered routine, was in advance of a planned Saturday launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Additional details were not immediately available. But sirens could be heard in the aftermath.

NASA SpaceX’s major customer said the explosion occurred at Launch Complex 40 at the Air Force station, and Kennedy emergency staff was on standby.

An image from the NASA live camera shows a fire raging on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral

An image from the NASA live camera shows a fire raging on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral

Smoke could be seen billowing across the sky after the blast

Smoke could be seen billowing across the sky after the blast

Explosion at Cape Canaveral space centre during test fire of SpaceX rocket

At the same time, personnel were monitoring the air for any toxic fumes.

The rocket was supposed to hoist an Israeli communications satellite this weekend which reports suggest was set to carry technology for Facebook into orbit.

The Amos-6 satellite had amongst its functions the capability for the social media company to spot-beam broadband for their Internet.org initiative.

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