UPDATE: No Injuries In SpaceX Launch Pad Static Test Firing Explosion At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

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ABOVE VIDEO: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the pad during a static test firing on Thursday morning at Cape Canaveral Air Force Sation. According to SpaceX, the pad was clear and there were no injuries. The rocket was scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral on September 3 at 3 a.m. (USLaunchReport video)

SPACEX: ‘Pad Was Clear and There Were No Injuries’

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION – A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the pad during a static test firing on Thursday morning.

According to SpaceX, the pad was clear and there were no injuries.

The rocket was scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral on September 3 at 3 a.m.  The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was to launch the Amos 6 communications satellite for Spacecom of Israel.

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Amos 6 would have provided communications and broadcast services over a coverage area stretching from the U.S. Coast to Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Amos 6 will also support the Israeli government’s satellite communications needs. The original launch was delayed from 3rd quarter of 2015, 1st quarter of 2016, May and July.

The Amos-6 communication satellite, also included the capabilities for Facebook to spot-beam broadband for Facebook’s Internet.org initiative. Facebook and France-based satellite provider Eutelsat spent $95 million for a five-year lease on the satellite’s Ka-band communication array.

“We are disappointed by the loss but remain committed to our mission of connecting people to the Internet around the world,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the pad test during a static test firing on Thursday morning. (NASA image)

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Officials report a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has exploded on the pad test during a test firing on Thursday morning. (WFTV image)


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