Billionaires at war: ‘Disappointed’ Mark Zuckerberg hits out at SpaceX after Facebook’s $200m satellite explodes

During its pre-launch check, a $200 million satellite that belonged to Mark Zuckerberg was utterly destroyed in an explosion. The CEO of Facebook was very disappointed by the destruction of the SpaceX Falcon 9 that is owned by Elon Musk’s company. Zuckerberg is travelling all over Africa at present and would have wanted to mark the occasion of the launch of his satellite into orbit as it would have happened on Saturday. Instead it exploded at 9:00 in the morning.

Image Source: US Launch Report
Image Source: US Launch Report

The satellite would have given free broadband to 14 countries located on the continent as well as in the Middle East. He stated that being in Africa the destruction due to launch failure was a terrible disappointment to him because it would have given connectivity to entrepreneurs and other individuals that may have utilized it well. Luckily they have developed other kinds of technology such as Aquila that will also be connecting people.

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He says that they will remain true to their mission of connecting all people the world over and will continue working until everyone can benefit from the opportunities the satellite would have provided to them. The statement Zuckerberg made regarding the satellite’s loss seemed to be a punch in the direction of Musk, another billionaire whose stock prices dropped in his two companies, Tesla and Solar City, to the loss level of about $390 million directly following the incident at Cape Canaveral. The loss from Tesla was approximately 5.3% while SolarCity was looking at a loss of about 9.1%.

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The two CEO’s got caught up in some kind of conflict when Musk got onto Twitter as a response to Zuckerberg’s Facebook message and he stated that his rocket (which was unmanned) was not to blame for the accident but made everyone interested understand that the cause was unknown.