SpaceX launches secret satellite tv for pc on first flight of yr

SpaceX launches secret satellite tv for pc on first flight of yr

The Falcon 9 rocket launched on Sunday was carrying the classified intelligence satellite code-named Zuma.

"After review of all data to date, Falcon 9 did everything correctly", SpaceX Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell said in a statement Tuesday.

"If we or others find otherwise based on further review, we will report it immediately", she said. This points out to the fact that the satellite made it to the orbit and made at least one round of the orbit. "However, at the moment the data metrics indicate that the Falcon 9 performs its task formally", - said the representative of SpaceX, James Gleason.

On Monday, lawmakers were informed that the mission was "a total loss" and the payload plummeted back into the atmosphere when it failed to detach from the rocket, sources told the Wall Street Journal.

SpaceX did not report any problems with the launch; however, while the company usually announces a successful launch regardless of the classification of the payload, no confirmation was given by SpaceX or Northrup Grumman, the company that manufactured the secret satellite.

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.

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While it appeared that the launch went off without a hitch, the full launch and separation of the nose cone, which surrounded the secret satellite, was not streamed as it normally is, due to the classified nature of the mission.

"I would have to refer you to SpaceX, who conducted the launch", Defense Department spokeswoman Dana White said repeatedly in a briefing Thursday at the Pentagon, citing "the classified nature of all of this".

A rocket operated by the aerospace company SpaceX exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral where it was being test-fired ahead of a launch.

But Marco Caceres, senior space analyst at Teal Group, said SpaceX's cheaper launch costs and faster turnarounds for missions will still probably work in its favor with the Air Force, even if the Zuma mission were determined to be a launch failure.

Rep. Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama, who heads the panel that approves appropriations for NASA, said the lost satellite raises new questions about SpaceX contracts. "The record shows they have promise, but they've had issues as a vendor". "United Launch, knock on wood, they've had an outstanding record".

In 2015, SpaceX was certified by the U.S. Air Force to launch national security satellites.

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