Elon Musk's SpaceX launches Zuma mission

Elon Musk's SpaceX launches Zuma mission

The classified intelligence satellite, built by Northrop Grumman Corp, failed to separate from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket and is assumed to have broken up or plunged into the sea, said the two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Because of Zuma's secrecy, SpaceX didn't live stream the entire mission as it typically does.However, it did show both the launch and the landing of the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket back at Cape Canaveral.

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

One of the US's biggest aerospace and defence contractors, Northrop Grumman, has procured the launch of Zuma on a SpaceX craft, but it is unclear if it is for civilian or military purposes. But the Strategic Command, which monitors more than 23,000 man-made objects in space, said it is not tracking any new satellites since the launch.

The Zuma spacecraft was meant to launch into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Fla. aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX has launched a secret satellite codenamed Zuma on its first flight of the new year. "Extreme weather" also slowed down the firm's launch preparations.

After facing some trouble, finally, SpaceX has launched its Falcon 9 rocket which carried the secret Zuma mission of the U.S. government.

Just call it Schrödinger's rocket launch.

The rocket is designed to get heavy payloads into space and restores the possibility of flying manned missions to the moon or Mars.

Peter B.de Selding, a spaceflight reporter for Space Intel Report, first tweeted that sources suggested to him that the satellite "may be dead in orbit after separation". Musk announced on social media last week that the Falcon Heavy would be launched at the end of the month, after several delays. The space company has said it plans to completing about 30 missions this year, Time wrote. Harvard-Smithsonian astronomer Jonathan McDowell noted on twitter that Space-Track.org did indeed catalogue the satellite.

This was SpaceX' s third classified mission for the U.S. government, a lucrative customer.

SpaceX shared a series of tweets and a video saying that the launch was successful.

The government agency responsible for launching the spacecraft hasn't claimed it, which is somewhat odd.

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