A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the secret Zuma spacecraft for the US government. UU From the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on January 7, 2018.
The US government's Zuma satellite may have had some serious problems during or shortly after its Sunday launch ( January 7), according to media reports.
Zuma took off Sunday night on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, a launch that also featured a successful landing on Earth for the first stage of the reinforcement.
Everything seemed fine at that moment. But on Monday (January 8), rumors began circulating in the space flight community that something had happened to Zuma, Ars Technica reported.
"According to one source, the load fell to Earth along with the spent upper stage of the Falcon 9 rocket," wrote Eric Berger of Ars Technica.
To be clear: There is no official news of bad news, just some rumors in that sense. And the rocket apparently did its job correctly, said the representatives of SpaceX.
"We do not comment on missions of this nature, but as of now, revisions to the data indicate that Falcon 9 acted nominally," company spokesman James Gleeson told Space. .com by email.
Space.com also contacted representatives of the aerospace company Northrop Grumman, which Zuma built for the US government. UU "This is a classified mission, we can not comment on classified missions," Northrop Grumman spokesman Lon Rains said by email.
Classified in fact. Almost everything we know about Zuma is its vague destiny: low Earth orbit. It is unknown what the satellite will do, or even which government agency is in charge of its operation.
If we hear anything more about the state of Zuma, we will let you know.
Zuma is widely considered a country of national security mission. Before Sunday, SpaceX had launched only two national security payloads: the NROL-76 satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office in May 2017 and the X-37B robotic spacecraft from the Air Force last September.