What Happened to Zuma Satellite After SpaceX Launch?
Jan 14, 2018, 00:11
SpaceX said in 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".
The Zuma payload was built for the government by Northrop Grumman. Central Intelligence Agency? - was responsible for it. "We are incredibly excited about the upcoming launch of this satellite".
Now there's another mystery: What happened to Zuma? "SpaceX didn't have a failure, Northrop Grumman did".
The Falcon 9 rocket launched as scheduled on January 7 and the first stage of the booster landed in SpaceX's Cape Canaveral facility.
"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.
The Falcon 9 rocket was able to make a successful powered landing back on the ground after separating from the upper stage. And in the most recent development, a popular customer of SpaceX has come out blaming launch contractor, Northrop Grumman for the failure of the classified mission.
Image the second stage of the Falcon 9 in the skies over Sudan appeared on numerous pictures in the network, which indirectly confirms normal operation of the rocket SpaceX.
On launch day, safely tucked away in a protective payload fairing will be Musk's 2008 Tesla Roadster, an all-electric sports auto that boosted his energy company during its formative years.
SpaceX is slated to demonstrate the maiden flight of Falcon Heavy, a larger and more powerful rocket, later this month.
The two-hour primary launch was livestreamed on the internet.
"We're moving forward with plans for our next launch", he said. Shotwell replied, "You know I can't talk about that. I believe they weren't really responsible". A second engine was meant to propel stage two-which carried Zuma-into low-Earth orbit.
Elon Musk-led SpaceX keeps launching re-usable satellites every now and then.
That would explain SpaceX's account of a flawless launch, while also squaring with the satellite is a total loss.
The launch was an important one for the California-based company founded almost 16 years ago. "ORCRP009161-topic.html" class="local_link" >Lockheed Martin Corp. called United Launch Alliance. Musk has said on Instagram that the vehicle will be launched on a "billion-year elliptic Mars orbit". It's aiming for more this year.
In 2014, SpaceX sued again in an attempt to end the almost decade-long monopoly ULA held on national security launches, arguing that it should be able to compete for the lucrative launch contracts. To viewers of the live stream, the launch seemed like a success. This could have resulted in the satellite tumbling back to Earth. As of now, SpaceX is moving ahead with its launch manifest.
Last week members of Congress began receiving briefings, but were tight-lipped about the classified sessions. 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.
"We have chose 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.
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