SpaceX, the company created by Elon Musk to change the economics of space flight, has suffered another catastrophic rocket failure.
A rocket exploded Thursday on its launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket was carrying a Facebook satellite intended to bring internet access to parts of Africa and the Middle East.
There were no injuries in the explosion, SpaceX said. The blast occurred because of “anomalies,” according to the company.
SpaceX Rockets Have History of Problems, Successes
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was “deeply disappointed” at the destruction of the satellite, and that it would have “provided connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else across the continent.”
This isn’t the first time a SpaceX rocket has exploded without making it to its destination. One exploded in June of 2015 during launch. That rocket was intended for the International Space Station on a resupply mission. The company has also lost several rockets by attempting to land them upright at sea.
The company has a contract to carry astronauts into space, and has made many successful launches.
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