SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Explodes During Static Fire Test, KO's Facebook's First Satellite
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded while sitting on its launchpad during a static fire test. The test was a routine procedure leading up to the scheduled September 3rd launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. According to eyewitness accounts, multiple explosions were heard, with the force of the blasts shaking buildings located miles away from the launch pad.
Not surprisingly, those in close proximity to the launch facilities took to Twitter to not only post pictures, but to give commentary on what they witnessed this morning:
Given that we’re still gathering information and that this incident just happened, we don’t have much else to go on. And SpaceX has not yet made an official statement on incident — and it’s probably a bit too early to give any ideas on what exactly went wrong on the launch pad.
We also don't know if the Eutelsat Amos-6 communication satellite was already onboard. This was Facebook’s first [leased] satellite in fact. It was to be used in Facebook’s Internet.org initiative to provide Internet access in underserved areas around the globe.
Updated 9/1/2016 @ 10:45am
We can now confirm that Facebook's satellite also went up in smoke:
Statement on this morning's anomaly pic.twitter.com/3Xm2bRMS7T— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 1, 2016