An explosion of Space X launch pad occurred at Cape Canaveral on Thursday morning, destroyed a satellite, has kept the authorities in shock. Space X confirmed that explosion destroyed the Amos 6 communications satellite which was set up to launch on Saturday.
Authorities said that explosion has occurred at approximately 9.07 AM Eastern at Space Launch 40 Complex at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. At the same time, Space X was preparing to conduct static fire test of the Falcon 9 in advance of a scheduled September 3 launch.
The major user of Amos-6 was Facebook, the social networking company that has purchased the Ka-band capacity of the satellite. The communications satellite was planned to assist the Facebook effort to expand the internet in underserved regions of sub-Saharan Africa.
Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, posted online about the explosion, saying he was “deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX’s launch failure destroyed our satellite.” The CEO of Space X, Elon Musk has tweeted about the incident in his Twitter account.
Statement on this morning's anomaly pic.twitter.com/3Xm2bRMS7T
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 1, 2016
Space X confirmed that both Falcon 9 and its Amos-6 payload were lost in the explosion, but there were no injuries in the explosion. People far away from the facility felt shocked, but local authorities said that the residents are not at risk.
Space X, which was launched eight times this year, faced a crowded end of the year manifest. It also hoped to squeeze in the first flight of its new massive Falcon Rocket. Space X provides commercial cargo services to NASA and is developing a commercial cargo system. It is also competing for the national security launches once in the exclusive domain of United Launch Alliance.