SpaceX president confirms successful launch of government spy satellite Zuma

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Secret Satellite Failure Probed by Congress
SpaceX denies losing spy satellite
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14 January, 2018

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. The spokesman for the corporation said that the company isn't at liberty to comment on a classified mission. A recycled Falcon 9 booster stage that first flew May 1 with the USA government's classified NROL-76 payload will hoist the GovSat 1 spacecraft toward orbit, and a factory-fresh second stage will finish the job.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off Sunday with the US government's mysterious Zuma payload.

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.

"After review of all data to date, Falcon 9 did everything correctly on Sunday night", Shotwell said.

"If we or others find otherwise based on further review, we will report it immediately", she said.

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Last year was a banner year for the private space company with 18 launches.

"We have made a decision to stand down and take a closer look at data from recent fairing testing for another customer", said SpaceX communications director John Taylor at the time. Later payload Zuma (USA 280) a command of the aerospace defense of North America (the addition is performed after at least one revolution of the spacecraft around the Earth, that does not preclude further Assembly of the device from orbit). This could have resulted in the satellite tumbling back to Earth. Its classified mission was intentionally inscrutable - whether to detect missile launches, spy on adversaries, or to track ship at sea with a space radar.

Information published that is contrary to this statement is categorically false. "We are also preparing for an F9 launch for SES and the Luxembourg Government from SLC-40 in three weeks".

The Air Force's 45th Space Wing also congratulated SpaceX in a tweet: "What an incredible way to start off 2018 w/the world's 1st successful launch and land of this year!"

While experts believe that a setback of the Zuma mission could be a real threat to the future of Elon Musk's space technology business, SpaceX said its future launches would go on as scheduled, including the much-anticipated launch and maiden flight of Falcon Heavy. Rumours have arisen that the mission was carrying a spy satellite of Pentagon and that it even had the capability to fix other satellites.


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