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SpaceX Falcon 9 explodes in air; Destroys Facebook’s Internet.org satellite; Other launches delayed

SpaceX Falcon 9 explodes in air; Destroys Facebook's Internet.org satellite; Other launches delayed

The future launches of the SpaceX might get delayed due to the explosion of Falcon 9 on Thursday at 9:07am ET. Falcon 9 was to be launched on Saturday and was being prepared for the test, prior to its launch, when the accident took place on the pad at Launch Complex 40, a rocket site in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The Amos-6 mission was to launch Facebook’s first satellite that cost $200 million to connect parts of Africa with Facebook by providing internet facility. Mark Zuckerberg, who is currently in Kenya, is deeply disappointed with SpaceX and posted it on Facebook that they still have other technologies like Aquila, to connect the world.

The launch pad and the rocket have been destructed and the equipments worth million-dollar have been burned. Though there has been no injury case. The payloads of the recovery will be a lot and the re-launch time will be exceeded to months after enquiring about the cause of the explosion.

According to Elon Musk, the fire started near the upper-stage oxygen tank when the propellant was being loaded in Falcon 9. The engine wasn’t turned on at that time. And the cause of the fire is yet to be known. The launch insurance might not be considered as the engine was off at the time of explosion.

After this accident and the accident that happened last June when Falcon9 exploded just after few minutes of the launch on its way to deliver supplies to ISS (International Space Station), making yesterday’s accident the second failure in 15 months, the customers of SpaceX, who have their launch lined up this year wants to know about the delay that they will suffer.

In addition, as per the latest update, the blast has destroyed Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet.org satellite. “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,”  Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook.

SpaceX is the cheapest rocket launch provider and thereby preferred by the most. But the decreasing reliability might get the company in trouble as some companies might want to break alliances. Though it is still too soon to comment, the enquiries of the failure are in action.

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