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It's not official, but sources say the secretive Zuma satellite was lost

It's not official, but sources say the secretive Zuma satellite was lost

SpaceX/Flickr (public domain) A Falcon 9 rocket launched by SpaceX leaves behind an exhaust plume as it races toward space with a top-secret government payload code-named Zuma. However, rumors are now swirling that SpaceX actually failed the Zuma mission, especially after there was no confirmation that it was a success.

"The data reviewed so far indicates that no design, operational, or other changes are needed", SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said in a statement as quoted in the report.

USA officials have declined to comment on the loss of the reportedly billion-dollar spy satellite manufactured by Northrop Grumman, the report said.

The Journal, which received the same statement, said the language pointed to normal rocket operations, suggesting the cause of any issue came from elsewhere. On Monday, Ars began to hear discussion from sources that the mysterious Zuma spacecraft-the goal of which was never specified, nor which USA military or spy agency had backed it-may not have survived.

By all indications, SpaceX pulled off the Sunday launch of the secret Zuma spacecraft with no hitches, sending the second stage well on its way to the Low Earth Orbit as the first reusable stage nailed a pretty good landing eight minutes later in Cape Canaveral. Falcon Heavy has been rolled out to launchpad LC-39A for a static fire later this week, to be followed shortly thereafter by its maiden flight. When SpaceX has had mishaps in the past, it's grounded the company for months.

In three weeks, the company has another Falcon 9 launch planned from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 as the company aims to put a communication satellite for Luxembourg into space.

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Because of Zuma's secrecy, SpaceX didn't live stream the entire mission as it typically does.

This is not the first time a payload was lost on a SpaceX mission. Additionally, a SpaceX rocket carrying supply missions to the International Space Station for NASA exploded in 2015.

The end goal for the Hawthorne, California-based company will be to prove the utility of the rocket that can lift more than twice the payload of competitor United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy.

The fairing is the part of the rocket nose cone that holds the payload and splits apart at the proper time, so the satellite can slip into orbit.

It has been competing with other private companies to launch more military payloads. It would also be able to carry the company's Dragon capsule with humans into space with destinations like Mars and the moon. Since the last Space Shuttle flight in 2011, NASA has relied upon the Russian space agency to carry USA astronauts to the ISS.

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