An Israeli satellite was to be launched into orbit this Saturday aboard an unmanned SpaceX rocket. That won't happen, reports The Times of Israel, as the unmanned Falcon 9 rocket exploded this morning in Florida, destroying the Israeli Amos-6 satellite in the blast:
An explosion rocked a SpaceX launch site Thursday during a routine rocket test, destroying the rocket and an Israeli communications satellite in its payload.
SpaceX was preparing for the launch of the unmanned Falcon 9 rocket when the blast occurred shortly after 9 a.m., according to NASA.
The test was in advance of a planned Saturday launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which is next to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
A SpaceX spokesman said an “anomaly” during a static fire test caused the loss of the rocket and the payload, the $200 million Amos-6 satellite, operated by Israeli firm Spacecom.
Per standard procedure, the pad was clear and there were no injuries,” SpaceX said in a statement.