Mark Zuckerberg, in Kenya, after first visiting Liberia, is touring Sub-Saharan Africa. Zuckerberg’s mission was to spread the word he is trying to offer free internet, via satellite. Unfortunately, his satellite exploded before launch according to Inquisitr. Along with the Space X falcon 9, Zuckerberg’s communications satellite is a total loss.
The SpaceX Explosion is a major setback, to say the least, but Elon Musk calls it a mere “bump in the road” according to the Los Angeles Times.
“The investment [in private space efforts] will still happen. I don’t think the technology is in jeopardy. It’s just going to be a bump in the road.”
Mark Zuckerberg explained his plan last year. Mark planned to offer free internet connectivity to remote regions like sub-Saharan Africa using satellite technology, according to CNN. Zuckerberg said in a morning Facebook post, he was very disappointed to hear that the Spacecom Israeli-built satellite named Amos-6 had exploded. Zuckerberg has invested $95 million in rent on the Amos-6 for the next five years of use according to TIME.
“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.”
The SpaceX explosion is a major setback for Zuckerberg, but Mark remains steadfast in his promise to bring the internet to remote parts of Africa. The explosion is a setback, but not the end of his goal.
“Fortunately, we have developed other technologies like Aquila that will connect people as well. We remain committed to our mission of connecting everyone, and we will keep working until everyone has the opportunities this satellite would have provided.”
Mark Zuckerberg, in Kenya still, is committed to providing an internet connection to every person in the world. Mark wants to help entrepreneurs in Africa conduct business and also reach isolated villages with worldwide communication. Just as Television was free when introduced, and traveled through the airwaves, sometimes “live via satellite” as older readers will recall excited announcers saying. Now that is called air TV and it still exists, though Cable has taken over much of the market. Now free internet could work in a very similar way, though the technology is significantly more advanced.
The SpaceX explosion was an expensive mistake, but overall SpaceX has experienced an incredible success rate for a project of its size, scope, and degree of risk. The Los Angeles Times cites that the Falcon 9, even including today’s devastating accident has a 93 percent success rate, and thankfully no lives were lost in the explosion. Phil Larson a spokesperson for SpaceX made a statement Thursday afternoon which was reported by Time.
“The anomaly originated around the upper stage oxygen tank and occurred during propellant loading of the vehicle. Per standard operating procedure, all personnel were clear of the pad and there were no injuries. We are continuing to review the data to identify the root cause.”
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Mark Zuckerberg, in Kenya still, is probably starting to realize that this isn’t the end of his dream of reaching deepest Africa with Facebook via satellite.
While the SpaceX explosion of Falcon 9 and Spacecom’s Amos-6 is a tremendous setback in time and money, there is little doubt the equipment will be replaced and another Falcon rocket will deliver another Amos satellite into space, and eventually more people in remote parts of the world will receive free internet. After all, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are very determined people with virtually unlimited financial assets and a personal interest in the project.
Mark Zuckerberg in Kenya proposing his new plan, can count on SpaceX, explosion or not, to deliver a similar satellite in time.
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