On TechCrunch: Internet.org Satellite Destroyed

Last week, Facebook's Internet.org initiative took an unexpected hit when the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on its launchpad, destroying the satellite in the process. Fortunately, no one was harmed in the accident. Because essentially everyone with current access to internet has a Facebook account, the company has turned its attention to connecting more people to the internet. This initiative, known as Internet.org, aims to bring selective internet access (read: access to/through Facebook) to a number of developing countries. The SpaceX rocket that exploded was set to launch an Eutelsat communication satellite called Amos-6. Amos-6 would have, among other things, been used to beam internet in large portions of Africa for Facebook. This rocket launch/satellite project was years in the making. While covered by insurance companies, the incident will mean significant delays to Facebook's Internet.org rollout endeavor. However, the Eutelsat satellite is not the only way Facebook is working to bring internet to developing countries; other efforts include using lasers, or the giant drones of the Aquila project.