Thursday morning at 9:07am two tech giants took a hit when a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launchpad while carrying a satellite for Facebook.
Tesla’s Elon Musk owns SpaceX and was set to launch on Saturday carrying a Facebook satellite intended to give internet access to Africa.
This kind of changed things:
The exact cause is not yet know and the launch pad has incurred substantial damage which will likely impact SpaceX’s aggressive launch schedule.
Loss of Falcon vehicle today during propellant fill operation. Originated around upper stage oxygen tank. Cause still unknown. More soon.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 1, 2016