Tech & Science Secret spy satellite fails to keep orbit after SpaceX launch

06:54  09 january  2018
06:54  09 january  2018 Source:   New York Daily News

U.S. spy satellite believed destroyed after failing to reach orbit: officials

  U.S. spy satellite believed destroyed after failing to reach orbit: officials A U.S. spy satellite that was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a SpaceX rocket on Sunday failed to reach orbit and is assumed to be a total loss, two U.S. officials briefed on the mission said on Monday. The classified intelligence satellite, built by Northrop Grumman Corp, failed to separate from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket and is assumed to have broken up or plunged into the sea, said the two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.The satellite is assumed to be "a write-off," one of the officials said.The presumed loss of the satellite was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The launch of “Zuma,” the costly top secret spy satellite aboard SpaceX ’s Falcon 9 rocket, was a bust, according to a report Monday. The mysterious payload failed to keep a low orbit and likely plunged through the Earth’s atmosphere after being launched Sunday from Florida's Space Coast

BREAKING: Top secret SpaceX Zuma mission ‘total loss’ as US spy satellite 'disappears'. GETTY. SpaceX Zuma mission has been branded a failure after it failed to make orbit . SpaceX CUTS feed to second stage of launch to keep TOP SECRET Zuma payload unknown.

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The mysterious payload failed to keep a low orbit and likely plunged through the Earth’s atmosphere after being launched Sunday from Florida's Space Coast, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources close to the bungled mission.

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The secret satellite was launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, seen launching Sunday night from launches from Cape Canaveral. © Craig Bailey/AP The secret satellite was launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, seen launching Sunday night from launches from Cape Canaveral. Officials with SpaceX, the private aerospace manufacturer led by Tesla mogul Elon Musk, declined to comment on the nature of the mission but said the Falcon 9 rocket “performed nominally.”

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Zuma was originally slated for a November launch but was plagued by delays. Last week, SpaceX hailed its rocket and the Zuma spacecraft as “healthy and go for launch" at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral.

Northrop Grumman, the Virginia-based company that built the satellite, declined to comment on the satellite's failure.

SpaceX says its Falcon 9 rocket © Craig Bailey/AP SpaceX says its Falcon 9 rocket "performed nominally" after Sunday's launch.

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