US spy satellite appears lost after SpaceX launch: Report

In this image made with an 8-minute long exposure. the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as seen from the Ocean Club Marina in Port Canaveral Fla. Sunday Jan. 7 2018

Initially the launch of Zuma was scheduled for last November but SpaceX (headed by CEO Elon Musk) delayed the mission because of 'fairing testing' and 'extreme weather'.

Officials said lawmakers and congressional staffers have been briefed on the botched mission.

SpaceX completed a record 18 launches last year, and it plans to do even more this year, according to spokesman James Gleeson.

The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket left Cape Canaveral in Florida, yesterday, to carry the satellite toward an undisclosed orbit.

A highly classified military spy satellite, known by the code name "Zuma", has gone missing after its launch aboard a SpaceX rocket on Sunday. "If we or others find otherwise based on further review, we will report it immediately", Shotwell said in the statement.

The company has yet to set a date for its inaugural launch. SpaceX went as far as cutting off its live broadcast a few minutes after separation of the payload from the rocket, citing the 'restricted' nature of the cargo.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral Fla. Sunday Jan. 7 2018. On Sunday SpaceX launched a secret satellite code-named Zuma
US spy satellite appears lost after SpaceX launch: Report

The Zuma satellite was likely worth billions of dollars, making this the second billion-dollar payload that SpaceX has lost in just two years.

This launch marks the 21st successful mission for SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, and it is the ninth occasion where it has landed at its Landing Zone 1 site at Cape Canaveral. "Information published that is contrary to this statement is categorically false", Shotwell said.

USA Today said one theory about the mission was that it was connected with a May SpaceX launch done for the National Reconnaissance Office.

Yesterday, we reported on the Space X's latest mission of a secret and special payload commissioned by the US govt named as Zuma. As per the sources, Falcon 9 rocket was planned to take the Zuma satellite into low-Earth orbit, instead of geosynchronous orbit.

The satellite is assumed to be "a write-off", the report said, adding that an investigation is under way, but there is no initial indication of sabotage or other interference.

The BFR, a large scale rocket is intended to travel to Mars and other planets in our solar system. Company communications director Lon Rains revealed to Space.com: "The Zuma payload is a restricted payload".

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