Israeli satellite explodes on rocket in Cape Canaveral
People in buildings several miles from the facility wrote on social media that they felt the blast.
In a major setback to Israel’s space program, a rocket carrying the most-advanced Israeli communications satellite in history exploded on the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Thursday, destroying the $200 million device just two days before it was scheduled to take off into space.
The Israel Space Agency said an explosion occurred during the fueling of the missile launcher, leading to the satellite’s total loss, which will have a “substantial effect on the agency.”
Israel Aerospace industries (IAI), which made the satellite, said Amos 6 was the “most advanced” to be built in Israel by it and the Israel Space Agency.
“Construction work ended recently, and the satellite was taken to the launch site in Florida,” IAI said. IAI expressed sorrow over the lost satellite, adding that it “remains at the ISA’s service on all matters.”
The cause of the explosion has not yet been determined. The Amos-6 satellite, built by Israel Aerospace Industries and owned by
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