Israeli satellite destroyed in SpaceX routine test malfunction in Florida

Duncan Macleod, Tech Central editor, spoke to Charlotte Kilbane who was standing in for Stephen Grootes on The Midday Report.

In collaboration with Facebook, Eutelsat had contracted a multi-year agreement to lease AMOS-6 satellite coverage of sub-Saharan Africa, with the goal of launching broadband services early next year, the release said.

Beneath the billowing orange flames and black smoke seen in footage of a SpaceX rocket exploding today is the destruction of a $195 million communications satellite that was the linchpin in Facebook’s drive to bring internet to rural Africa.

Workers for Israel Aerospace Industries building the Amos 6 satellite, in footage aired September 1, 2016. That article also reported that the contract required Spacecom to purchase an insurance policy “covering project-related risks that would not otherwise be covered by Spacecom’s own insurance policy covering the satellite’s launch and first year in orbit”.

“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.

“Eutelsat remains committed to growing broadband in Africa and will explore other options to serve the needs of key clients ahead of the launch of its own full-High Throughput African broadband satellite, due in 2019”, the Paris-based operator said in a statement. The Israel Police added that the findings of the investigation did not lead to any evidence that could implicate Herzog.

“We’re going to work with local partners across these regions to help communities begin accessing internet services provided through satellite”, he wrote.

Last month, Space-Communications said China’s Beijing Xinwei Technology Group Co. was planning to buy the business for $285 million.

The company’s only major flight anomaly took place June 28, 2015, when a Falcon 9 exploded shortly after liftoff. AP reports that two NASA astronauts were conducting a spacewalk 250 miles up, outside the International Space Station, when the explosion occurred. “But at the end of the day, I’m confident that our commercial space industry will be very successful”. It was caused by strut keeping helium valve in its position which failed; valve was no longer keeping Helium away from Oxygen in the second tank.

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