A SpaceX rocket has exploded during a pre-launch test-fire on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral.
A statement released by the aerospace company blamed the explosion on an “anomaly” and reported that no one was injured in the blast. The statement said that the rocket’s payload, a $200million satellite was on the vehicle during the test-fire, and was destroyed. The satellite, the Israeli-constructed Amos-6 communications satellite, was intended to be used by Facebook to increase internet coverage to Sub-Saharan Africa.
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station said a significant explosion happened just after 09:00 local time at Launch Complex 40, which is under lease to SpaceX.
“Our emergency management teams are responding right now,” said spokesman Bryan Purtell.
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