Watch Elon Musk’s Rocket Blow Up With Mark Zuckerberg’s Satellite Aboard

Do you enjoy the unexpected setbacks of megalomaniac billionaires?

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Do you enjoy reveling in the unexpected setbacks of megalomaniac billionaires? Do you also enjoy big explosions? Well then have we got the video for you.

This morning, a rocket belonging to Musk’s SpaceX blew up on a Cape Canaveral launch pad with a satellite on board set to power Facebook’s initiative. A camera captured it all in the video below. For the impatient, the fireworks get going at the 1:10 mark.

The satellite set to launch Saturday aboard the Falcon rocket was the Amos-6, an Israeli communications system capable of providing internet across vast swaths of land. Facebook had leased a portion of the satellite’s ka-band to provide internet service in sub-Saharan Africa.

As I’m here in Africa, I’m deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX’s launch failure destroyed our satellite that would have provided connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else across the continent,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page. Zuckerberg was reportedly in Kenya to coincide with the satellite’s launch.

The destruction of the rocket and its payload occurred as the operators were conducting tests ahead of launch. Musk wrote on Twitter that the accident occurred as the rocket was being fueled.

No one was hurt in the explosion — only the dreams and ambitions of two billionaires.


Elias Groll is a staff writer at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @EliasGroll

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