Lost in space? Secret SpaceX Zuma satellite a total loss

Lost in space? Secret SpaceX Zuma satellite a total loss

Lost in space? Secret SpaceX Zuma satellite a total loss

However, SpaceX never officially confirmed the success of the mission.

The Wall Street Journal quotes unidentified congressional officials who were briefed on the mission as saying the satellite apparently did not separate from the second stage, and plunged through the atmosphere and burned up. The first stage of the rocket in about eight minutes made a successful landing.

SpaceX announced that the launch of the Falcon 9 was in normal mode and the company adheres to a previously agreed schedule launches, in particular in January will be held the first launch of the Falcon heavy Heavу and Falcon 9 launch with telecommunications satellites in the interests of operator SES S. A.

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In Northrop Grumman, the producer of Zuma and adapter payload, declined to comment, citing the secrecy of the mission.

But SpaceX suggested that it was not at fault, telling ABC News its rocket, named Falcon 9, "did everything correctly". A November Wired article said Northrop Grumman provided the adapter to "mate" Zuma to the Falcon 9. Apart from that, Bloomberg also reported that the second stage process involving the booster failed to progress in a proper way which caused both the Zuma satellite and Falcon 9 rocket's second stage to fall back into the closest ocean. SpaceX said it would not comment beyond its statement. These rumors are all the more interesting because we have no idea what Zuma was for or even what government agency was going to operate the satellite. SpaceX launched two other national security missions a year ago: a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office and the Pentagon's autonomous space plane, known as the X-37B. Rep. Mike Rogers, who leads the House Armed Services Strategic Forces subcommittee, added rather bluntly that "space is a risky business", but that his committee will continue to provide oversight for future missions tasked with protecting national security.

On its website, SpaceX says it has more than 70 upcoming missions on its launch manifest, which could take several years.

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SpaceX said Tuesday that the rocket worked fine, but its statement left open the possibility that something could have gone wrong after the launch. Another Falcon 9, meanwhile, is scheduled to fly in three weeks with a communication satellite for Luxembourg. "If we or others find otherwise based on further review, we will report it immediately", Shotwell said in the statement.

SpaceX hasn't said why the static fire test was pushed back.

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