Secret Zuma Satellite Rumored to Be Lost

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"Normally when you buy a rocket launch, you've paid for "the payload adapter on the rocket final stage pops the satellite off at the end". The sources would not confirm what exactly the payload was, saying it was classified.

The nature of the mission remains shrouded in mystery.

Northrop Grumman, the aerospace and defense company that built the Zuma spacecraft, would only say: "This is a classified program".

Neither industry nor government officials would comment on the objective of Zuma.

United States officials have declined to comment on the loss of the reportedly billion-dollar spy satellite manufactured by Northrop Grumman, the report said. The thrust its 27 engines can produce is equivalent to 18 Boeing ( BA ) 747s and makes it two times more powerful than any other rocket operating today, according to SpaceX.

"If we or others find otherwise based on further review, we will report it immediately", Shotwell said. Information published that is contrary to this statement is categorically false.

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The Falcon 9 launch, which was tasked to send the Zuma payload into low-Earth orbit, was again recently delayed due to issues with the rocket's nose.

A SpaceX representative told Business Insider, "We do not comment on missions of this nature, but as of right now reviews of the data indicate Falcon 9 performed nominally". A standard Falcon 9 rocket launch costs about $62 million, and this was SpaceX's third national-security launch.

The Zuma incident would not impact the schedule of SpaceX's upcoming launches, including the maiden flight of Falcon Heavy, the company said as quoted by the ABC News. The company chose SpaceX as the launch provider, noting late past year that it took "great care to ensure the most affordable and lowest risk scenario for Zuma".

Because of Zuma's secrecy, SpaceX didn't live stream the entire mission as it typically does.

The massive Falcon Heavy, which has already been staged on a Cape Canaveral launchpad, stands 230 feet tall and consists of three Falcon 9 first-stage cores. "But on this mission the customer provided its own payload adapter, so separation may be its problem and not SpaceX's problem", Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, tweeted on Monday night. On September 1, 2016 a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded while preparing to test fire its engines, destroying the Amos 6 communications satellite atop the rocket that was to be used by Facebook.

The loss of a government payload comes at a bad time for SpaceX, which was founded by Elon Musk, who is CEO of both the privately-held rocket company and electric vehicle maker Tesla.

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