A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded during a test at Cape Canaveral


Significant non-precipitation plume showed up on radar following incident at Cape Canaveral. The Amos-6 communication satellite of Facebook  was a part of Facebook’s Internet.org initiative. Facebook and France-based satellite provider Eutelsat spent $95 million for a five year lease on the satellite’s Ka-band communication array. Thursday’s incident is the first mishap since June 2015, when a Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft destined for the International Space Station blew apart 2 minutes and 19 seconds after launch. SpaceX has contracts with NASA to ferry cargo and crew to the International Space Station and contracts with commercial satellite companies to send satellites into orbit. At this time is not known if future scheduled missions are affected.


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