Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket was supposed to deliver Facebook's first satellite into orbit — a satellite leased in partnership with French Eutelsat from Israeli-based Spacecom for $95 million for five years. But that plan ended when the rocket blew up on the launch pad early Thursday morning at Cape Canaveral, Florida. (No one was hurt.)
The Amos-6 communication satellite was designed to provide Wi-Fi connectivity to sub-Saharan Africa, opening up a whole new swathe of the world to Facebook and other internet companies. Facebook's users in the region number around 84 million.