SpaceX president confirms successful launch of government spy satellite Zuma

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The second stage booster section of the Falcon 9 reportedly failed and the satellite and the rocket's second stage plummeted into the Indian Ocean after it was launched into orbit.

Little is known about the Zuma satellite - not even the name of the USA government agency that owns it.

SpaceX denied providing any comment related to the mission as it contained confidential information. A day after White's statement, SpaceX president and chief operating officer, Gwynne Shotwell, was asked about Zuma.

She continued: "Falcon Heavy has been rolled out to launchpad LC-39A for a static fire later this week, to be followed shortly thereafter by its maiden flight".

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

"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", Shotwell said.

However, SpaceX issued a statement clarifying what had transpired during the launch. However, SpaceX chose to delay the launch to deal with some issues regarding the payload fairing (nose cone).

"If we're talking about expanding exploration, it will be good to have more capabilities", said Olga Bannova, research associate professor and director of the space architecture graduate program at the University of Houston's college of engineering.

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The attack, particularly targeted Northrop Grumman, the builders of the satellite who have remained low and did not give any explanation about the incident while SpaceX is taking all the heat. A spokesperson for the huge defense contractor declined to comment on Zuma after Sunday night's launch.

Harrison, the defense analyst, said that SpaceX is in a frustrating position because it is limited in what it can say publicly about what happened.

The GovSat 1 satellite is set to launch on the next Falcon 9 rocket mission.

The conflicting reports, coupled with the seemingly incongruous aftermath, are adding a rocket-load of mystery to an already mysterious launch.

Falcon Heavy is created to take heavier payloads to higher orbits, opening SpaceX's manifest to new capabilities.

In May 2017, SpaceX managed to recover the first stage of a rocket that it used to launch a classified US reconnaissance satellite.

At neighboring Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, meanwhile, a military missile warning satellite was hoisted atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket ahead of a planned liftoff next Thursday.