Lost in space? Secret SpaceX Zuma satellite a total loss

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

The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday night, carrying the satellite toward an undisclosed orbit.

"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.

45th sometimes describes "successful launch" in ways that don't mean to imply satellite in-orbit health post separation.

SpaceX spokesman James Gleeson said: "We do not comment on missions of this nature; but as of right now reviews of the data indicate Falcon 9 performed nominally".

During a livestream of Sunday's launch, SpaceX said it got successful confirmation that the fairing - the clamshell-like covering for payloads at the tip of the rocket - did deploy.

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.

Northrop Grumman provided the satellite, for which government agency it wouldn't say.

She continued: "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".

Speculation about the fate of the satellite arose after the editor of Space Intel Report, Peter de Selding, noticed that after the expected satellite deployment, there was no word from SpaceX on Zuma's telemetry or orbital parameters. Last year, SpaceX completed 18 launches.

Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama, who heads the House Armed Services Strategic Forces subcommittee, said in a statement Wednesday that "space is a risky business" but his panel remains "committed to providing 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".

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.

On the other hand, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), was not as lenient on SpaceX.

"The record shows they have promise, but they've had issues as a vendor", Shelby said Wednesday, referring to SpaceX. "[United Launch Alliance], knock on wood, they've had an outstanding record". After an extensive Air Force review, SpaceX was certified in 2015 to compete for military launches.

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