Mystery surrounds fate of secret satellite slung by SpaceX

Mystery surrounds fate of secret satellite slung by SpaceX

The Falcon 9 launcher returned to Earth successfully after the company's first mission for 2018.

The Wall Street Journal quotes unidentified congressional officials who were briefed on the mission as saying the satellite apparently did not separate from the second stage, and plunged through the atmosphere and burned up.

A senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Laura Grego, showed concern that the satellite might have stopped functioning near the orbit or failed to separate from the rocket during the second half of the mission.

An article in Wired said that Northrop Grumman provided the adapter to mate Zuma to the Falcon 9.

Shotwell said in a statement that since no rocket changes are warranted for upcoming flights, the company's launch schedule remains on track.

The Associated Press adds: "SpaceX ended launch commentary five minutes into the flight, due to the classified nature of the USA satellite".

More news: Camila Cabello Freaks Out After Finding Out Elton John is a Fan
More news: Tom Hardy in 'Venom'
More news: Bon Jovi to perform at Canadian Tire Centre May 7

For its part, SpaceX seems to be shifting the blame away from itself, and said in a statement, "We do not comment on missions of this nature; but as of right now reviews of the data indicate Falcon 9 performed nominally". If additional reviews uncover any problems, she said, "we will report it immediately".

Results from the firing will be analyzed ahead of Falcon Heavy's demonstration flight around the "end of the month", according to CEO Elon Musk. The satellite for the secret mission was built by Northrop Grumman Corp.

SpaceX has launched national security payloads in the past, including a spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office, and an X-37B space plane for the US Air Force.

The company has been preparing to launch its new Falcon Heavy rocket, which is made up of three Falcon 9 engine cores.

The company says that SpaceX is all set for the maiden flight of its Falcon Heavy. "Though we have preserved the range opportunity for tomorrow, we will take the time we need to complete the data review and will then confirm a new launch date".

Related Articles

  • What everyone's missing in the Wahlberg-Williams pay gap scandal

    What everyone's missing in the Wahlberg-Williams pay gap scandal

    WME and reps for Scott, Williams and Wahlberg did not return calls for comment. "She has been in the industry for 20 yrs". Actress Amber Tamblyn tweeted " Michelle Williams was paid 1% of what her male co-star made on her latest film".
    Seal Trashes Oprah as 'Part of the Problem'

    Seal Trashes Oprah as 'Part of the Problem'

    Not everyone was impressed though, and a key critic is singer Seal who called the former TV host "sanctimonious". The singer's words were accompanied with this meme of Oprah and Weinstein.
    Friends of Home and Away's Jessica Falkholt held vigil

    Friends of Home and Away's Jessica Falkholt held vigil

    Whitall was a habitual traffic offender with more than 60 convictions to his name, according to The Daily Telegraph . Hundreds turned out for the funeral, where mourners heard about how Lars and Vivian were inseparable.
  • N. Korea's Kim Jong Un 'absolutely competent, mature politician,' Putin says

    At the same time, Trump has repeatedly blasted Kim Jong-un as tensions escalate with the hermit kingdom. Now, in his view, Kim is "cleaning up the situation, smoothing it, calming it".
    Kia Forte Stung With Stinger Style in Pre-Detroit Peek

    Kia Forte Stung With Stinger Style in Pre-Detroit Peek

    Question: What do you think of the look of the new Cerato? The front clip is flanked by a more dynamic headlamp design and layout. Kia has given us our first peek at its all-new Cerato sedan ahead of its scheduled debut at the Detroit Motor Show next week.
    Monster Hunter World shuns loot boxes and microtransactions for

    Monster Hunter World shuns loot boxes and microtransactions for "player harmony"

    Rather than have it taking up resources during the console development and not it not being able to have our full attention on it. As many are already aware, Monster Hunter: World will not be simultaneously launching on PC alongside the console ports.
  • FISA and the Section 702 Fight — Surveillance State

    FISA and the Section 702 Fight — Surveillance State

    Thoughtful leaders on both sides of the aisle know FISA section 702 is a vital and carefully overseen tool to protect this country.
    Mexican states get USA  'do not travel' warning

    Mexican states get USA 'do not travel' warning

    There are no United States government restrictions for travel to tourist areas such as Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. But an additional 11 Mexican states got a level 3 warning Wednesday, which urges people to "reconsider travel" there.
    Circuit City making comeback years after going bankrupt

    Circuit City making comeback years after going bankrupt

    Remember Circuit City? Well, its new CEO hopes you'll never forget it again after it relaunches next month. The revamped company plans to open showroom-style stores as part of its brick-and-mortar retail strategy.
  • Assassin's Creed: Rogue hits PS4 and Xbox One in March

    Assassin's Creed: Rogue hits PS4 and Xbox One in March

    While Rogue isn't quite as great as the best Assassin's Creed titles , it certainly deserved to be played by more people. The team is promising 4K on PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X , and 1080p across all of the current consoles.

    "Fast Eddie" of Motörhead Dies at 67

    Motorhead's last drummer Mikkey Dee added: 'Oh my f***ing God, this is awful news, the last of the three amigos. Clarke is considered one of the "classic" members of Motorhead , along with frontman Lemmy and drummer Taylor.
    Kellyanne Conway Insists 'Nobody' at White House Talks About Hillary Clinton

    Kellyanne Conway Insists 'Nobody' at White House Talks About Hillary Clinton

    Unless Conway was leaving out President Donald Trump , this is blatantly false. Hey Chris, nobody here talks about Hillary Clinton ".