SpaceX won’t be recovering the reusable rocket booster used in this mission. The AMOS-17 satellite is heavy, weighing more than 7 tons (6.3 metric tons), which means the rocket will need most of its propellant to reach orbit and won’t have enough left to fly back to Earth. Still, this is the third flight for this booster—which means SpaceX’s cost of providing this free mission is comparatively low.

What the SpaceX fire cost

Though it was insured, the loss of AMOS-6 was a major milestone for SpaceX and Spacecom. It spurred a major re-design effort inside SpaceX and derailed merger plans for the satellite operator.

Some of AMOS-6’s communications capacity had been leased to Facebook as part of a program to expand internet access. The mishap led an upset CEO Mark Zuckerberg to post that “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.”

Facebook is reportedly contemplating a new plan to launch its own internet satellite, but it will have to compete with more advanced offerings from SpaceX, OneWeb and even Amazon.

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