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Friday, January 26, 2018

A highly classified satellite launched by SpaceX this weekend ended up plummeting into the Indian Ocean, a U.S. official confirmed to ABC News. Following its launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Sunday night, the satellite, codenamed Zuma, failed to remain in orbit, the official said. SpaceX suggested that it was not at fault, telling ABC News its rocket, named Falcon 9, "did everything correctly ... the data reviewed so far indicates that no design, operational, or other changes are needed," SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said in a statement. The company later stated that the Zuma indent won't impact the schedule of SpaceX's upcoming launches, including the maiden flight of Falcon Heavy.

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Northrop Grumman, the defense contractor that manufactured the payload -- reportedly a billion-dollar spy satellite -- told ABC News its mission is classified and declined to comment on the loss of the satellite.

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Somebody's about to get promoted at SpaceX.

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-01-25 06:26 PM | Reply

#1 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

According to SpaceX, the second stage detachment was supposed to be the Air Force's responsibility. So I guess that's the real reason Northrop doesn't want to comment; they f***ed up.

#2 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-25 06:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

No frontpage news like N. Korea. The hell you say.

#3 | Posted by fresno500 at 2018-01-26 12:33 AM | Reply

Something lost in the Indian Ocean? I expects MONTHS of CNN coverage!

#4 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-01-26 10:36 AM | Reply

Someone forget to turn the satellite's power button to the "ON" position?

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-26 07:45 PM | Reply

Someone forget to turn the satellite's power button to the "ON" position?

It's astounding how often at HPR launches people forget to turn on all their fancy altimeter based parachute deployment toys before they push the button.

It goes up, it turns over, it comes back down. Wham!

#6 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-01-26 07:55 PM | Reply

-- SpaceX suggested that it was not at fault,

Has Musk stated he would be on the first passenger crew of one of his toy rockets? God speed, Elon Musk.

#7 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-01-26 08:02 PM | Reply

Nulli prefers to be on the Trump rocket.

#8 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-01-26 08:06 PM | Reply

Musk hasn't proven himself to be an inventive and a brilliant man? Why would anyone diss Mr. Musk? Jealousy?

#9 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-27 06:52 AM | Reply

#6 | POSTED BY REDIAL AT 2018-01-26 07:55 PM | REPLY

Nothing like a shovel recovery to brighten the day for spectators.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-27 07:45 AM | Reply

So, let me get this straight..... Are you saying we (America) should not design by committee?

But what about the self-esteem of incompetent engineers?

#11 | Posted by kudzu at 2018-01-27 08:00 AM | Reply

The Hooters--"Satellite"

#12 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-01-27 08:24 AM | Reply

Or did it fail? ... indications show that it achieved a preliminary orbit at least. It possibly didn't disconnect from the 2nd stage booster and was dragged back down as the 2nd stage booster was steered down to burn us . But that is only from an anonymous source. Just as likely, the entity that is running this satellite really values its secrecy and rumors of its death are useful.

#13 | Posted by Snowfake at 2018-01-27 11:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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