A rocket carrying an Israeli communications satellite exploded on its launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Thursday, destroying the $85 million device.
The Israel Space Agency said in a statement that during the fueling of the missile launcher, an explosion occurred that led to the satellite's total loss, which will have a "substantial affect on the Agency," it said.
The Falcon 9, a rocket manufactured by Elon Musk's private aerospace company SpaceX, disappeared from view in the explosion, which was felt from miles away.
The Amos 6 satellite, built by Israel Aerospace Industries and owned by Spacecom Ltd., was heading into space for a 16-year mission that was meant to serve Facebook, bring Internet connectivity to Africa and television service to providers in Europe and the Middle East.
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While I don't wish bad things on anyone, this appears to be a blessing in disguise.
Israelis are at the forefront of spying on We The People. Here is one report confirming this:
I for one do not like this kind of intrusion, by anyone, especially Mark Zuckerberg and his cronies.