Published on Sep 2, 2016
SpaceX Falcon 9 explodes during fueling, leaving Israeli Spacecom’s future in doubt, internet to sub-Saharan Africa delayed, and questions about Falcon 9’s reliability.
SpaceX experienced yet another major loss after an explosion during fueling of a Falcon 9 rocket ahead of a test firing. On board were several satellites, including the Amos-6 communication satellite belonging to Israel which was supposed to take part in Facebook’s internet.org initiative by providing web coverage to sub-Saharan Africa. The explosion occurred at Launch Complex 40 at the Air Force station in Cape Canaveral, Florida.