The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has exploded at Cape Canaveral, Florida, destroying Israeli company Spacecom Satellite Communications Ltd’s Amos 6 communications satellite, which it was due to launch. The explosion occurred during a trial ahead of Saturday’s planned launch of the Amos 6 satellite.
The company said the launch pad was clear and no one was injured in the accident, adding in a statement: “SpaceX can confirm that in preparation for today’s standard pre-launch static fire test, there was an anomaly on the pad resulting in loss of the vehicle and its payload.”
The explosion was a heavy blow for all parties involved: the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), who worked hard on the satellite’s development; Spacecom, the Israeli satellite operator that was expecting to sign a large deal with a Chinese company; and the American company SpaceX, which was entrusted with the satellite’s launch. No one was harmed in the incident, but years of investment and hard work were turned to dust in an instant.