SpaceX scheduled to test fire Falcon Heavy rocket Thursday

Запущенный SpaceX секретный спутник упал в океан

Запущенный SpaceX секретный спутник упал в океан

Asked to comment, Hawthorne-based SpaceX issued a statement Monday afternoon: "We do not comment on missions of this nature; but as of right now reviews of the data indicate Falcon 9 performed nominally". If so, it likely fell back to Earth with the rocket, which carried out pre-programmed instructions and was unable to receive new commands from the ground.

SpaceX cut off its launch broadcast after confirming that the rocket's nose cone - the cause of a delay to a planned November launch - had separated a few minutes after the 8 p.m. ET blastoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. A day after White's statement, SpaceX president and chief operating officer, Gwynne Shotwell, was asked about Zuma.

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.

SpaceX's new, powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, was at its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, awaiting an engine test-firing sometime this week. "If we or others find otherwise based on further review, we will report it immediately", Shotwell said in the statement. Another Falcon 9, meanwhile, is scheduled to fly in three weeks with a communication satellite for Luxembourg. However, if the Zuma failed to separate from the upper stage as multiple reports suggest, how does at least part of the blame not lay with SpaceX?

"This is a classified mission", wrote Lon Rains, a Northrop Grumman spokesman, in an email to Spaceflight Now.

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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.

SpaceX denied providing any comment related to the mission as it contained confidential information.

The GovSat 1 satellite is set to launch on the next Falcon 9 rocket mission.

The goal of Zuma's mission was never disclosed, and no government or military agency claimed ownership.

According to the latest ArsTechnica, now in the U.S. Congress to investigate the circumstances of the possible loss of Zuma and the role of interaction between SpaceX and Northrop Grumman.

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The expert refers to the publication Wired, which reported that the layout of the payload on the rocket Zuma said the company Northrop Grumman.

Big questions remain unanswered as officials remained tight-lipped about a billion-dollar satellite that could be somewhere in orbit - or crashed into the sea.

SpaceX launched two other national security missions a year ago: a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office in May and the Pentagon's autonomous space plane, known as the X-37B, in September.

The foggy responses by concerned authorities are fueling the fire to rumors and speculations about Zuma mission being a failure.

SpaceX launches Zuma from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on January 7. Various spokespeople in recent days - including during a press briefing Thursday at the Pentagon - have repeatedly declined to discuss the mission, citing the classified nature of the program.

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