Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket which was due to deliver Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook first satellite into the orbit on Saturday 3 September 2016 has exploded in its launch pad. The satellite that the rocket was scheduled to deliver was CEO Mark Zuckerberg's vision of bringing the internet to areas of Saharan Africa connected to his tour of Nigeria and Kenya this week.
Emergency services are racing to the scene after a SpaceX rocket exploded while on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral.
Plumes of black smoke could be seen from several miles away shortly before 9am after fire broke out during a static test.
The multi-million dollar private American aerospace manufacturer company was set to launch a 'recycled' rocket this afternoon.
Nasa said space exploration and technologies firm SpaceX was conducting a test firing of its unmanned rocket when the blast occurred on Thursday morning (local time).
The 23-story-tall Falcon 9 rocket, built and flown by billionaire Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX is based at from Cape Canaveral Air Force.
The Falcon 9 is hoped to be the future of space exploration allowing reusable rockets to be used.
It had been scheduled to launch on Saturday to deliver Facebook's first satellite into orbit.
It was part of the social media's site CEO Mark Zuckerberg's vision of bringing the internet to areas of Saharan Africa (Nigeria and others).