Mark Zuckerberg is ‘Deeply Disappointed’ SpaceX Blew Up His $95 Million Satellite

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded in Cape Canaveral this morning. On board was Facebook’s Internet.org satellite, which experts estimated cost $95 million.

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In a post on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was “deeply disappointed.” From Zuck’s post:

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. 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.

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DISCUSSION

evilsupermonkey
EvilSuperMonkey

Serious question:
Does anyone have any concept of what it would cost to insure a launch? I’m curious if the cost would be anywhere near worth it.