Mystery around United States military's secret satellite launch by SpaceX deepens

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Apart from that, Bloomberg also reported that the second stage process involving the booster failed to progress in a proper way which caused both the Zuma satellite and Falcon 9 rocket's second stage to fall back into the closest ocean.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off Sunday with the USA government's mysterious Zuma payload.

Defense giant Northrop Grumman Corp., which built Zuma and procured the launch service from SpaceX, said in a statement Monday: "This is a classified mission".

The satellite launch initiated by SpaceX on January 7 was the company's third classified mission for the United States government.

"For clarity: after reviewing of all data to date, Falcon 9 did everything correctly on Sunday night". A day after White's statement, SpaceX president and chief operating officer, Gwynne Shotwell, was asked about Zuma.

The company says that SpaceX is all set for the maiden flight of its Falcon Heavy.

The Air Force's 45th Space Wing also congratulated SpaceX in a tweet: "What an incredible way to start off 2018 w/the world's 1st successful launch and land of this year!"

"Since the data reviewed so far indicates that no design, operational or other changes are needed, we do not anticipate any impact on the upcoming launch schedule", she said.

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But numerous news reports, citing unnamed government sources, said the satellite apparently re-entered Earth's atmosphere after failing to deploy from the Falcon 9's second stage.

Shotwell's statement emailed to reporters was an unusual one for SpaceX, which rarely comments on planned Falcon 9 flights before the week of launch. "We can not discuss classified programs".

The Zuma satellite was likely worth billions of dollars, making this the second billion-dollar payload that SpaceX has lost in just two years. "SpaceX will follow through to make sure they were not part of the problem", he said.

The satellite was so highly secretive that it was not publicly released what government agency - National Reconnaissance Office? To viewers of the live stream, the launch seemed like a success.

The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday night, carrying the satellite toward an undisclosed orbit.

Usually to launch satellites on Falcon 9 SpaceX used the adapters, and fairings of their own production, although official guidance on useful load for the Falcon 9 it is noted that the adapter may be provided by the manufacturer of the satellite.

On the other hand, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), was not as lenient on SpaceX.

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