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SpaceX Rocket Explodes, Destroying Israeli Satellite

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.

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