Up in flames

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA -

An ex­plo­sion on the launch pad of a SpaceX Fal­con 9 rocket hap­pened dur­ing prepa­ra­tions for a rou­tine test fir­ing, two days be­fore it was due to blast off and place a satel­lite in or­bit. SpaceX said there were no in­juries and that an “anom­aly” dur­ing the static fire test re­sulted in the loss of the rocket and a com­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lite owned by Is­rael-based Space Com­mu­ni­ca­tion which was go­ing to be used by Facebook to ex­pand in­ter­net ac­cess in Africa.


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