Mark Zuckerberg was clearly gutted after SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad destroying one of Facebook’s satellites and he was not backward at snarking at Elon Musk’s company for stuffing it up.
SpaceX suffered a huge setback when one of its Falcon 9 rockets exploded on the launchpad at Cape Canaveral. The accident — described by SpaceX as “an anomaly” that occurred during the fuel loading process — also resulted in the destruction of Facebook’s Amos-6 satellite.
Zuckerberg a bit hacked off with SpaceX, and Musk and focused only on Facebook’s loss. “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,” wrote Zuckerberg.
He said that Facebook had developed other technologies like Aquila that will connect people as well, implying that SpaceX hadn’t. “We remain committed to our mission of connecting everyone, and we will keep working until everyone has the opportunities this satellite would have provided.”
The Amos-6 satellite marked the first step in Facebook’s plans to bring internet capability to parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. It was valued at between $95-200 million.