Elon Musk’s Failed Ball Of Fire Made Mark Zuckerberg Look Bad, And Zuck Is Not Happy

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg isn’t too pleased with fellow tech leader Elon Musk after Musk’s SpaceX rocket exploded and destroyed one of his satellites.

Zuckerberg planned to use that satellite as part of his initiative to bring internet to impoverished and desolate places of the world.

“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,” Zuckerberg wrote on his own social media company’s platform.

While Zuckerberg is understandably upset over the unfortunate accident that occurred in Cape Canaveral, Florida, he is not completely deflated, because he has other similar projects waiting to be deployed, like Aquila the Internet-transmitting drone.

“Fortunately, we have developed other technologies like Aquila that will connect people as well,” Zuckerberg continues. “We remain committed to our mission of connecting everyone, and we will keep working until everyone has the opportunities this satellite would have provided.”

The SpaceX rocket known as Falcon 9 had a launch date set for Saturday, September 3rd and the combustion occurred during a preliminary testing phase.

While Musk has had success with rockets more recently, he has also struggled on a number of occasions in the past. SpaceX failed to land a rocket properly for a third time in January, after a “hard landing” caused “one of the landing legs” to break.

On Zuckerberg’s original post, one commenter asked “What’s insurance like on that type of thing?” Zuckerberg, who’s net worth is reported to be $54.5 billion, directly replied “The problem isn’t the money; it’s that now it may take longer to connect people.”

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