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SpaceX successfully launched the secret Zuma mission from Cape Canaveral on Sunday, January 7, 2018 and landed on the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket.

CABO CA√ĎAVERAL – SpaceX on Monday told a Falcon 9 the rocket seemed to have worked as expected during the launch of the government's Zuma mission Sunday. the night, amid rumors of a possible failure of the mission .

"We do not comment on missions of this nature, but from now on the revisions of the data indicate that Falcon 9 had a nominal performance," a SpaceX spokesman said in a statement.

Northrop Grumman, responsible for the spacecraft and contracted for the launch, did not immediately respond to the questions. 19659008] SpaceX cut off its launch transmission after confirming that the nose cone of the rocket, the cause of a planned launch delay in November, had split a few minutes after 8 p. M. ET Explosion from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. That is the standard procedure during secret national security missions.

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But neither SpaceX nor Northrop subsequently confirmed that the launch was finally successful, as does the United Launch Alliance for its classified missions.

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, shared a long-exposure photo of Falcon's launch and landing taken by Satellite Beach High student John Kraus on Monday, with no indication that something was wrong.

Marco Langbroek, an amateur satellite tracker from the Netherlands who is experienced in following classified missions and observing Zuma closely, said he had no information to back up the rumors of a failure and "had no idea if they were viable or do not".

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with the secret Zuma. load on Sunday, January 7, 2018. You can see the first stage landing again between the masts of the boat. (Photo: MALCOLM DENEMARK / FLORIDA TODAY)