SpaceX Falcon Heavy lined up for first launch from Kennedy Space Center

Secret US spy satellite may be lost in space after SpaceX launch

The satellite built for the government and codenamed Zuma launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a SpaceX rocket on Sunday.

"After review of all data to date, Falcon 9 did everything correctly on Sunday night".

A spokesman for Northrop Grumman Corp., which built the satellite, said Monday: "This is a classified mission".

Zuma was built for the USA government, although it is unclear which part of the government. "Due to the classified nature of the payload, no further comment is possible", said Shotwell.

So if there was a problem, who's at fault? Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX that if their company or others find otherwise based on further reviews, they would report the same immediately.

It's important to point out that the Falcon 9's reusable first-stage successfully landed in Florida, so we know SpaceX got that part right.

Late on Sunday night, SpaceX launched a satellite manufactured by Northrop Grumman out of Florida. Falcon Heavy has been rolled out to launchpad LC-39A for a static fire later this week, to be followed shortly thereafter by its maiden flight.

The satellite, code-named Zuma, failed to reach orbit and fell back into Earth's atmosphere after separating from the company's Falcon 9 rocket.

But the spacecraft apparently did not separate as it was supposed to from the upper stage of the rocket and did not reach a stable orbit, according to a US administration official and two sources who were briefed on the matter.

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

On its website, SpaceX says it has more than 70 upcoming missions on its launch manifest that represent more than $10 billion in contracts.

Falcon Heavy is SpaceX's massive new rocket that will boast three times the thrust of the Falcon 9. "We can not comment on classified programs".

"The first statement by SpaceX was that the failure to achieve orbit was not theirs", so there's no reason so far to question the company's planned participation in NASA space projects, Sen. Northrop Grumman is refusing to provide any information, telling publications that it's not able to comment on classified missions. When SpaceX has had mishaps in the past, it's grounded the company for months.

The launch was SpaceX's first in what is due to be a busy year.

Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama, who heads the House Armed Services Strategic Forces subcommittee, said in a statement Wednesday that "space is a risky business" but his panel remains "committed to providing rigorous oversight that accounts for that risk and ensures that we can meet all of our national security space requirements as the Air Force looks to competitively procure space launch services in the future".

On its website, SpaceX says it has more than 70 upcoming missions on its launch manifest, which could take several years.

While the Falcon 9 had the Zuma satellite, the Falcon heavy will have an interesting payload of its own: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster.

It has been competing with other private companies to launch more military payloads.

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