>> An explosion destroyed a SpaceX Falcon rocket during a test firing, Thursday. Dramatic video shows the rocket going down in flames at the Cape Canaveral facility in Florida. Reuters Aerospace Correspondent Irene Klotz is in Cape Canaveral along Florida's Space Coast.>> On this mission, it was carrying an Israeli communication satellite for a company called Spacecom.
Facebook is one of the customers for the satellite. What we know is that the satellite and the rocket were destroyed.
ere has not been any word yet on the extent of damage to the launch pad. It's a huge issue and a huge setback for SpaceX, which has a backlog of $10 billion worth of launch business for NASA and commercial companies.
What was happening Thursday was a routine test that's done before every launch where they go ahead and fill up the rocket with its liquid oxygen and its RP-1 rocket fuel and fire the nine first stage engines. The rocket held down so it doesn't go anywhere. That test has been done routinely without any problems at all, and there's no information yet on what went wrong today.
>> The spokesman for the company said no one was injured. Thursday's explosion is not the first fiery end to an unmanned vehicle for Elon Musk's SpaceX, including June, last year, when a Falcon 9 disintegrated shortly after lift-off. SpaceX has build itself as being able to launch, recover, and reuse its rockets in an effort to cut the cost of going into orbit.