Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Is Zuma Lost? SpaceX Said Its Rocket Did Everything Right

Is Zuma Lost? SpaceX Said Its Rocket Did Everything Right

"If we or others find otherwise based on further review, we will report it immediately". The company later said it had cleared the issue. SpaceX didn't have a failure, Northrop Grumman did. The flight seemed to go off without a hitch, although we weren't given full access to video throughout the entirety of the flight or detailed telemetry data considering that this was a classified mission for the U.S. Military. U.S. Rep. Mike D. Rogers (R-Ala.), chairman of the strategic forces subcommittee, said in a statement that while he couldn't comment on classified matters, "space is a risky business".

Northrop Grumman declined to comment, instead releasing a tight-lipped statement.

There are conflicting reports about what may have happened.

It was the first public statement by the Pentagon since Sunday's botched mission and represented an unusual stance, given that officials in the past typically have confirmed successful deployments of even secret national-security satellites. The rocket's second stage propels the satellite into orbit.

And in the most recent development, a popular customer of SpaceX has come out blaming launch contractor, Northrop Grumman for the failure of the classified mission.

"They know the Falcon 9 well", said Larson, who formerly worked at SpaceX and was a senior advisor for space and innovation in the Obama administration.

Soon speculations started to emerge about the payload carried out by the satellite. Musk has said BFR could be used for missions ranging from taking satellites to low-Earth orbit to colonizing Mars.

The intelligence satellite, built by Northrop Grumman Corp, failed to separate from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket, according to United States officials.

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

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off Sunday with the US government's mysterious Zuma payload.

SpaceX now targets 5 10 p.m. Saturday for its Falcon Heavy test fire, according to News 6 partner Florida Today.

Furthermore, NASA is counting on Elon Musk's company to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, with test flights as early as this year.

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

Quoting a military spokesperson, Bloomberg reported the US government was not tracking any items in orbit from Sunday's launch.

"I think the rocket itself is considered an extremely reliable vehicle", he said. The most likely culprit for the failed launch of the payload can be an American Corporation Northrop Grumman.

SpaceX officials said the Falcon 9 functioned as expected during Sunday's launch.

"Since the data reviewed so far indicates that no design, operational or other changes are needed, we do not anticipate any impact on the upcoming launch schedule", Shotwell said.

A launch date for the maiden Falcon Heavy test flight has not been officially scheduled, but it could occur by the end of January.

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