SpaceX launches secretive Zuma mission

SpaceX launches secretive Zuma mission

SpaceX launches secretive Zuma mission

If additional reviews uncover any problems, she said, "we will report it immediately".

Information published that is contrary to this statement is categorically false.

ULA is preparing to kick off its 2018 launch schedule with a Wednesday flight of a classified National Reconnaissance Office mission from California on a Delta IV rocket.

Despite the launch being shrouded in secrecy, SpaceX seemed to have successfully carried a mysterious government satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday.

They also wouldn't confirm whether the launch was a success or failure, and referred questions to California-based SpaceX, headed by Elon Musk, knowing the firm has given only partial comment on what occurred.

An expensive and highly classified U.S. spy satellite launched by Elon Musk's SpaceX has not been spotted in orbit and is presumed to be lost, reports said Monday.

Usually to launch satellites on Falcon 9 SpaceX used the adapters, and fairings of their own production, although official guidance on useful load for the Falcon 9 it is noted that the adapter may be provided by the manufacturer of the satellite. Instead, it plunged back into the atmosphere, according to the Journal.

These reports are partially based upon a briefing supposedly given to lawmakers and congressional staffers indicating that the satellite did not separate from the rocket as planned. The rocket's second stage propels the satellite into orbit. Northrop Grumman Corp, which supplied the payload and its adapter, has also refused to comment. "Due to the classified nature of the payload, no further comment is possible".

SES officials confirmed this week that satellite and rocket preps are on track for January 30.

That means something made it into orbit and went around at least once, though it doesn't necessarily mean the satellite is still there. As planned, the main engine was cut around two and a half minutes into the launch, and the Falcon 9 split into stage one and stage two.

If the satellite is no longer in orbit, she said the listing will eventually be removed when the catalog is updated.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off Sunday with the USA government's mysterious Zuma payload. 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. The company has recently ramped up its launch pace, even launching two missions from opposite coasts within about 48 hours.

SpaceX launched two other national security missions past year - a and the Pentagon's in September. That broke up a longtime and lucrative monopoly held by a joint venture between Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. known as United Launch Alliance.

The company aims to revolutionize space missions with reusable rockets that would dramatically lower costs.

"I think the rocket itself is considered an extremely reliable vehicle", he said.

On its website, SpaceX says it has more than 70 upcoming missions on its launch manifest that represent more than $10 billion in contracts. Another Falcon 9, meanwhile, is scheduled to fly in three weeks with a communication satellite for Luxembourg.

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