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Thursday, 1 September 2016

I earlier reported that SpaceX Falcon-9, the rocket that was due to carry Facebook's cheap Internet access satellite to the orbit this Saturday into the orbit exploded this afternoon. The update I'm getting is that the satellite itself, Amos-6, was totalled in the blast. Amos-6 cost Facebook about $200m (about 8.4 billion naira) to develop.

The update from Mirror:
Amos-6, part of Mark Zuckerberg's future vision for delivering the internet in Sub-Saharan Africa, was completely decimated.

Facebook's first ever satellite worth $200m was destroyed when a SpaceX rocket exploded during a test fire.

The space exploration and technologies firm confirmed that Amos-6, part of Mark Zuckerberg's future vision for the internet, was completely decimated.

A launch was scheduled on Saturday at 1.33PM GMT to deliver the satellite into orbit to help bring the internet to Saharan Africa.

But the SpaceX rocket carrying it burst into flames on a test run shortly before 9am (local time) today.
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