September 01, 2016
Below are updates regarding the anomaly that occurred in preparation for the AMOS-6 mission:
September 1, 1:28pm EDT
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes during fueling operation
At approximately 9:07 am ET, during a standard pre-launch static fire test for the AMOS-6 mission, there was an anomaly at SpaceX’s Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex 40 resulting in loss of the vehicle.
The anomaly originated around the upper stage oxygen tank and occurred during propellant loading of the vehicle. Per standard operating procedure, all personnel were clear of the pad and there were no injuries.
SpaceX - Static Fire Anomaly - AMOS-6
We are continuing to review the data to identify the root cause. Additional updates will be provided as they become available.
September 1, 10:22am EDT
SpaceX can confirm that in preparation for today's static fire, there was an anomaly on the pad resulting in the loss of the vehicle and its payload. Per standard procedure, the pad was clear and there were no injuries.
AMOS-6 satellite made by Israel was designed to ensure Africa Internet coverage to Facebook (the customer).
Israel Aerospace Industries: http://www.iai.co.il/2013/22031-en/homepage.aspx
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