The multibillion-dollar satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a SpaceX rocket on Sunday.
By all indications, SpaceX pulled off the Sunday launch of the secret Zuma spacecraft with no hitches, sending the second stage well on its way to the Low Earth Orbit as the first reusable stage nailed a pretty good landing eight minutes later in Cape Canaveral.
SpaceX's review so far indicates that 'no design, operational or other changes are needed, ' Shotwell said.
"For clarity: after review of all data to date, Falcon 9 did everything correctly on Sunday night".
A military satellite launched by Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. hasn't been spotted in orbit by the US Strategic Command, creating a mystery about the fate of the classified payload and doubts about whether the mission was a success.
SpaceX, the company commissioned to launch the highly classified satellite, codenamed Zuma, said that its Falcon 9 rocket had performed normally and that the segment carrying Zuma had deployed successfully. 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.
One possible key to SpaceX's strong defense of its rocket could involve the question of who supplied a key piece of hardware: the payload adapter, which attaches a payload to the rocket. said Northrop Grumman provided the adapter to "mate" Zuma to the Falcon 9.
On its website, SpaceX says it has more than 70 upcoming missions on its launch manifest, which could take several years. But all these are only rumors and due to the lack of reliable information as well as secretive nature of the mission, what happened to Zuma is still unclear.More news: JFK Airport water pipe break weather-related
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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.
This was SpaceX's third classified mission for the USA government, AP reported.
The secretive nature of the launch makes it hard to discern additional details.
Citing government and industry officials who were briefed on the mission, the Wall Street Journal that the satellite did not separate as intended after the firing of the rocket's second stage. SpaceX, along with Boeing Co., also has a contract with Nasa to fly astronauts to the International Space Station as part of the "Commercial Crew" program, with the first crucial test flight slated for the second quarter. "We can not comment on a classified mission", he said. When SpaceX has had mishaps in the past, it's grounded the company for months. The Falcon Heavy is perhaps the most important rocket ever created by SpaceX, as it is the one planned to be used for missions to the moon and Mars.
Last May was the first time SpaceX launched its first satellite for the USA military with its Falcon 9 rocket.
Because of Zuma's secrecy, SpaceX didn't live stream the entire mission as it typically does. The company has said it plans about 30 missions in 2018 after completing a record 18 past year.
The launch was SpaceX's first in what is due to be a busy year.
It has been competing with other private companies to launch more military payloads.