SpaceX blast kills Zuck's sat

A launchpad explosion at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida during a SpaceX rocket test has just destroyed Facebook's $200m Amos-6 satellite.

Massive plumes of black smoke were seen streaming across the Air Force base. Elon Musk's aerospace company Space X was putting one of its Falcon 9 rockets through its paces when it blew up, taking out the onboard Facebook-Eutelsat bird. The Falcon 9 was due to launch the Amos-6 into orbit.

Space X says there were no injuries, and called the explosion an "anomaly". The test vehicle and payload, however, were destroyed in the explosion.

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