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SpaceX president confirms successful launch of government spy satellite Zuma

SpaceX denies losing spy satellite SpaceX president confirms successful launch of government spy satellite Zuma
Doris Mccormick | 12 January, 2018, 09:16

Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell notes that "usually, when you buy a missile launch, you pay for the adapter payload on the upper stage of the rocket, therefore the spacecraft separation from the rocket could be a problem, Northrop Grumman, and SpaceX is not".

During a Pentagon briefing, spokeswoman Dana White was asked whether the US Department of Defense considered the Zuma mission a success or a failure.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the satellite failed to separate properly during the second stage of the mission and dived back into the Earth's atmosphere which caused the failure of the designated mission. However, these censored bits are par for the course when it comes to SpaceX's missions for the government. The satellite for the secret mission was built by Northrop Grumman Corp. This points out to the fact that the satellite made it to the orbit and made at least one round of the orbit.

The Falcon 9 booster successfully made it back to earth under its own power.

According to ArsTechnica, the company has stated that the rocket performed nominally in both the first and second stages during the launch. These rumors are all the more interesting because we have no idea what Zuma was for or even what government agency was going to operate the satellite. The company chose SpaceX as the launch provider, noting late past year that it took "great care to ensure the most affordable and lowest risk scenario for Zuma".

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SpaceX has pushed back its scheduled test fire of the Falcon Heavy rocket by one day. 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.

Northrup Grumman, the maker of the payload, said it was for the U.S. government and would be delivered to low-Earth orbit, but offered no other details. The company later said it had cleared the issue. "We are also preparing for an F9 launch for SES and the Luxembourg Government from SLC-40 in three weeks".

"This is a typical industry smear job on the "upstart" trying to disrupt the launch industry", Desch said on Twitter on Thursday in response to a news article.

Yet SpaceX seems confident that it played its part in the Zuma mission well, and the company does not foresee this mission disrupting its schedule.

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