A Highly Classified Spy Satellite Has Been Destroyed. Probably

SpaceX and Boeing Co. are partners in Nasa’s commercial crew program which aims to revive human spaceflights from Nelson’s state

The billion-dollar satellite is now assumed to be "a write-off", one of the officials said. 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. However, SpaceX censored critical portions of the launch, including the separation of the nose cone surrounding the top-secret Zuma satellite, and the satellite's actual deployment into earth's orbit.

The mission's failure and the reluctance of government authorities to explain about the reason for the failure though has hurt SpaceX, who has taken the space industry by storm.

However, these rumors about mission failure were recently cleared out by Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX President who negated the reports stating that the classified Zuma satellite was successfully planted in the Earth's lower orbit after its launch.

An investigation is under way, but there is no initial indication of sabotage or other interference, they said.

According to Wired Magazine, Northrop Grumman supplied the adapter fitting connecting the Zuma payload with the Falcon 9 rocket.

The company says that SpaceX is all set for the maiden flight of its Falcon Heavy.

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. As reports began to bubble Monday that the Zuma satellite may have plunged back toward Earth, the company issued a statement: "We do not comment on missions of this nature; but, as of right now, reviews of the data indicate Falcon 9 performed nominally". "We can not discuss classified programs". He said his committee would provide "rigorous oversight that accounts for that risk and ensures that we can meet all of our national security space requirements as the Air Force looks to competitively procure space launch services in the future".

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

Bloomberg, citing a USA official and two congressional aides familiar with the launch, that the Falcon 9's second-stage booster section failed.

Congressional inquiries into the satellite failure may revive debate about SpaceX's rivalry for military contracts with United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin Corp.

Falcon Heavy launches start at $90 million, compared to the starting price of $62 million for the smaller Falcon 9, according to SpaceX's website. SpaceX said it would not comment beyond its statement. "Though we have preserved the range opportunity for tomorrow, we will take the time we need to complete the data review and will then confirm a new launch date".

She said the Falcon Heavy is still scheduled for a static fire test this week and that the company is also preparing for a Falcon 9 launch of a commercial communications satellite in three weeks.

On the heels of the Falcon Heavy and Falcon 9/GovSat 1 missions later this month, SpaceX plans at least two launches in February for two Spanish customers.

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