BREAKING: Sad news for Zuckerberg *Loses £150million Facebook facility

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A happy Zuckerberg in Nigeria

Away in Nigeria and Africa, Mark Zuckerberg, would be receiving the sad news of how one of his prime concerns, the first-time satellite project, put at £150million, has has gone into flames, no thanks to a rocket accident.

The facility, was reportedly destroyed when a rocket exploded at Cape Canaveral Space Centre in Florida, US, Thursday morning.

The Sun reports that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) says SpaceX, was conducting a test firing of its pioneering unmanned rocket when disaster struck, adding that the series of explosions sent smoke and flames shooting through the sky and shook buildings miles away.

The blast took with it Facebook's first satellite costing the company a whopping £150 million.


The rocket was supposed to hoist an Israeli communications satellite this weekend.

Billowing smoke from the facility 

SpaceX - founded by PayPal and Tesla tycoon Elon Musk - confirmed there was an anomaly on the launch pad which resulted in the loss of the rocket and its payload.

The Israeli made Amos-6 communications satellite was, according to Tech Crunch, , carrying technology to allow Mark Zuckerberg’s firm to spot beam wireless internet directly to smartphones in sub-Saharan Africa.

The social media company was working in conjunction with a French satellite provider named Eutelsat to lease the communication array for five years.

The first explosion occurred shortly before 9am with a second blast following about 20 minutes later.

Buildings several miles away shook from the blast and multiple explosions continued for several minutes. A cloud of dark smoke filled the overcast sky.

The test, considered routine, was in advance of a planned Saturday launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Additional details were not immediately available. But sirens could be heard in the aftermath.

NASA SpaceX's major customer said the explosion occurred at Launch Complex 40 at the Air Force station, and Kennedy emergency staff was on standby.

At the same time, personnel were monitoring the air for any toxic fumes.

The rocket was supposed to hoist an Israeli communications satellite this weekend which reports suggest was set to carry technology for Facebook into orbit.

The Amos-6 satellite had amongst its functions the capability for the social media company to spot-beam broadband for their initiative.



Source The Sun

Posted on September, 1 2016

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