Satellite operator SES, which earlier this week announced it would launch a communications satellite aboard SpaceX's first reused rocket, said Friday that the explosion does not change the company's plans.

The Hawthorne, California-based rocket company will reportedly hold off new launches until the root causes if the explosion is found.

Had there been astronauts aboard the SpaceX rocket that exploded on Thursday, they would have been just fine, says CEO Elon Musk. "Cause still unknown", Musk said via Twitter.

"Fortunately, we have developed other technologies, like Aquila, that will connect people as well", he wrote in a blog post.

At 6.37pm IST on Thursday, September 2, 2016, an explosion destroyed a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral.

SpaceX said there were no injuries as a result of the explosion, which it described as an "anomaly".

The reusable Falcon-9 rocket was carrying a communications satellite that Facebook was intending to use to provide broadband internet coverage to huge parts of sub-Saharan Africa, the BBC reports. "We are disappointed by the loss but remain committed to our mission of connecting people to the Internet around the world", a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, who is traveling in Africa, said he was "deeply disappointed". This strut - one of hundreds aboard the rocket - snapped, allowing a bottle of high-pressure liquid helium to shoot to the top of the Falcon 9's upper-stage liquid-oxygen tank, Musk said at the time. There is an Atlas V rocket already in place on the adjacent Launch Complex 41, which is scheduled to launch in a week. The space agency also is looking for SpaceX and Boeing to begin crew transport from Cape Canaveral, in order to reduce its reliance on Russian rockets.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is a heavy load vehicle with two stages. The explosion occurred at 9:07 a.m. ET as the company was preparing to test fire Falcon 9's powerful engines in preparation for a launch on Saturday.

The force of the blast shook buildings several miles away.

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No one was injured in the incident. The capsule doesn't have them for ISS supply missions to the International Space Station, and neither do unmanned satellites.

NASA's first mission to bring a sample of near-Earth asteroid remains on track for launch on September 8, despite the SpaceX rocket explosion that occurred on Thursday, the U.S. space agency said.


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