On Sunday, SpaceX launched a spy satellite, code-named Zuma, for the U.S. government. Responding to media reports that the satellite was lost, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell says the rocket "did everything correctly" and suggestions otherwise are "categorically false".
To be fair, part of the glory days of NASA was a result of the Cold War, the space race with the Soviet Union.
SpaceX's comment on the issue seemed to imply that the reason the Zuma payload failed to detach in the second stage was not their fault but rather that of Northrop Grumman or perhaps the payload itself. "Following first stage separation, the second stage Merlin ignites and takes the payload to a parking orbit before igniting again to place the payload into its final orbit". Zuma is in orbit and alive. 2.
A military satellite launched by Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. hasn't been spotted in orbit by the U.S. Strategic Command, creating a mystery about the fate of the classified payload and doubts about whether the mission was a success. One of the aides told Bloomberg that both the satellite and the rocket's second stage fell into the ocean.
Of those scenarios, he said, the third appears to be the most plausible. Defense company Northrop Grumman requested the launch in behalf of the government, further casting a veil of secrecy on the missions.
-This report was updated at 9:45 a.m.
New Hampshire is forecast to see temperatures plummet as low as -37.2C, which is colder than Mars, which reaches a high as -18.8C. That makes for the 21st successful stage return for SpaceX, and it's ninth on firm land at the Landing Zone 1. It was the corporation that chose to be the operator and producer of the company of Elon Musk. Since then, SpaceX has won two of three competitively bid launches. It's possible that something went wrong with the technology the satellite was designed to demonstrate after launch, contributing to a failure.
SpaceX is due to launch the much more powerful 'Falcon Heavy' test flight later this month, and it is not yet known whether the problems will impact the planned launch date.
That includes the debut launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center.
Exactly what happened? No one is saying publicly. In 2012, it became the first nongovernmental entity to run cargo between Earth and the International Space Station. The payload of the launch is assumed to be a national security satellite or spacecraft, though whatever it really is, we may now never find out. This could either indicate that there is nothing to add in addition to the new satellite entry, or that the Zuma satellite is no longer in orbit.