Became known the cause of the loss of secret USA satellite

Became known the cause of the loss of secret USA satellite

Kerry Wise
January 13, 2018

GovSat will share the satellite's communications capacity with Luxembourg's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. "We can not comment on classified missions".

News reports said the satellite, named Zuma, may have plunged back toward Earth. Falcon 9 rocket, but didn't separate as planned from the upper part of the boosters, according to industry officials. The name is in line with the "USA" naming system used for spacecraft owned by the US military and government intelligence agencies. The company has said it plans to seek certification from the Air Force for the Falcon Heavy for future national security launches.

What makes things tricky is the fact that the satellite failed to achieve orbit, reportedly burning up in the earth's atmosphere. The company has recently ramped up its launch pace, even launching two missions from opposite coasts within about 48 hours.

Congressional inquiries into the satellite failure may revive debate about SpaceX's rivalry for military contracts with United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin Corp. The most likely culprit for the failed launch of the payload can be an American Corporation Northrop Grumman.

Falcon Heavy launches start at $90 million, compared to the starting price of $62 million for the smaller Falcon 9, according to SpaceX's website.

The Falcon 9 with Zuma kicked off on 8 January 2018 to 04:00 Moscow time from the cosmodrome on Cape Canaveral.

The mystery surrounding the failed launch of a secret military satellite by SpaceX shows no sign of ebbing down.

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

Shotwell pushed back on reports that seemed to implicate SpaceX with the satellite's demise, saying "information published that is contrary to this statement is categorically false". "Due to the classified nature of the payload, no further comment is possible".

Space Exploration Technologies Corp, led by entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched its first satellite for the USA military with its Falcon 9 rocket in May of previous year. "We are also preparing for an F9 launch for SES and the Luxembourg government from SLC-40 in three weeks".

That would explain SpaceX's account of a flawless launch, while also squaring with the satellite is a total loss.

"They know the Falcon 9 well", said Larson, who formerly worked at SpaceX and was a senior advisor for space and innovation in the Obama administration. The company also rarely releases formal statements on the outcome of each launch. A spokesperson for the huge defense contractor declined to comment on Zuma after Sunday night's launch.

"This is a classified program", Northrop Grumman Communications Director Lon Rains told HuffPost in an emailed statement. The data is believed to indicate precisely what went wrong, industry officials said, but it isn't clear why mission managers monitoring real-time video feeds weren't able to intervene.

Reporters Sunday night expected confirmation from Northrop Grumman after officials confirmed the Zuma payload's successful launch, but the announcement never came.