A highly classified spy satellite appears to have been lost after its launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a SpaceX rocket Sunday, . However, the positive presence of the satellite in the orbit can not be confirmed. The flight seemed to go off without a hitch, although we weren't given full access to video throughout the entirety of the flight or detailed telemetry data considering that this was a classified mission for the U.S. Military.
"Information published that is contrary to this statement is categorically false", SpaceX's statement continued. The last Corporation in the launch previously collaborated with the Alliance ULA (United Launch Alliance), a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, not SpaceX.
SpaceX's new, powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, was at its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, awaiting an engine test-firing sometime this week. White declined to comment, saying, "I would have to refer you to SpaceX, who conducted the launch".
The next satellite assigned to fly on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has arrived at Cape Canaveral ahead of a planned January 30 liftoff from pad 40 on a previously-flown SpaceX booster.
Reporters Sunday night expected confirmation from Northrop Grumman after officials confirmed the Zuma payload's successful launch, but the announcement never came.
But numerous news reports, citing unnamed government sources, said the satellite apparently re-entered Earth's atmosphere after failing to deploy from the Falcon 9's second stage.
Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), who previous flew into space in the 1980s aboard Columbia as a payload specialist, sided with SpaceX, stating, "The first statement by SpaceX was that the failure to achieve orbit was not theirs".
Shotwell said SpaceX planned to proceed with its launch schedule "since the data reviewed so far indicates that no design, operational or other changes are needed". It could majorly affect the future business prospects of the company SpaceX associated with the defense, explained the defense analyst at the Lexington Institute, Loren Thompson.
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Shotwell's statement emailed to reporters was an unusual one for SpaceX, which rarely comments on planned Falcon 9 flights before the week of launch.
She said the incident will not impact two other planned SpaceX launches in the coming weeks.
The GovSat 1 satellite is set to launch on the next Falcon 9 rocket mission. Northrop Grumman Corp, which supplied the payload and its adapter, has also refused to comment.
According to the latest ArsTechnica, now in the U.S. Congress to investigate the circumstances of the possible loss of Zuma and the role of interaction between SpaceX and Northrop Grumman.
The NRO and military agencies typically acknowledge their ownership of clandestine satellites, even if details about their missions remain under a shroud of secrecy.
The foggy responses by concerned authorities are fueling the fire to rumors and speculations about Zuma mission being a failure.
In 2015, SpaceX was certified by the U.S. Air Force to launch national security satellites.