Facebook Loses $200m Satellite In SpaceX Explosion

SpaceX rocket exploded at its launch pad in Cape Canaveral yesterday
morning, destroying a satellite that was meant to be used for Facebook’s
FB new program to deliver internet services to the developing world.

satellite, called AMOS-6, was the result of a partnership between
Facebook and French satellite firm Eutelsat Communications; AMOS-6 was
set to ride into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket this Saturday. The
Falcon 9 was destroyed today after a launch pad anomaly triggered the
would have been the first satellite of Facebook’s Internet.org
initiative to bring internet access to Africa, the Middle East, and
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg addressed the setback in a post on the social media site earlier today:
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