AMOS-6 Satellite Would Have Delivered Internet to Africa

A Falcon 9 rocket operated by SpaceX exploded on the launch pad Thursday morning during a pre-launch test fire. Thankfully no one was injured, but an opportunity to bring internet to access to Africa went up in smoke as a result.

The rocket contained a satellite built by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a state-owned aerospace company, and operated by Spacecom, an Israeli company specializing in communications satellites. The project was co-funded by Facebook, and was part of an ongoing

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