SpaceX reschedules Falcon Heavy test fire

SpaceX president confirms successful launch of government spy satellite Zuma

However, cameras did not follow stage two of the rocket, and reports suggest Zuma may not have reached its final orbit. That's standard procedure during secret national security missions.

A Falcon 9 rocket is set to lift off in February from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with the Spanish-owned Paz radar imaging satellite, and another Falcon 9 is slated to haul the Hispasat 30W-6 geostationary communications craft to orbit from Cape Canaveral some time in February.

ULA is preparing to kick off its 2018 launch schedule with a Wednesday flight of a classified National Reconnaissance Office mission from California on a Delta IV rocket.

When asked about the misstep, Northrop told The Verge it would not publicly comment on a classified mission.

One possible key to SpaceX's strong defense of its rocket could involve the question of who supplied a key piece of hardware: the payload adapter, which attaches a payload to the rocket. said Northrop Grumman provided the adapter to "mate" Zuma to the Falcon 9.

"For clarity: after review of all data to date, Falcon 9 did everything correctly on Sunday night". SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell issued a statement Tuesday saying the Falcon 9's part of the mission went off as planned. Rumors associated with the same stated that the mission lost control during the second stage of separation from the rocket and fell back into the Earth.

Northrup Grumman, the maker of the payload, said it was for the USA government and would be delivered to low-Earth orbit, but offered no other details. A spokesperson for National Reconnaissance Office, which owns the US government's spy satellite fleet, said Zuma did not belong to that organization. The Journal cited government and industry officials who were briefed on the mission and said the satellite didn't separate and plunged back into the atmosphere.

SpaceX has been rapidly expanding its launch business, which includes NASA, national security and commercial missions.

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The NRO and military agencies typically acknowledge their ownership of clandestine satellites, even if details about their missions remain under a shroud of secrecy. That broke up a longtime and lucrative monopoly held by a joint venture between Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. known as United Launch Alliance.

The company has not said when exactly the rocket's engines will fire.

The company aims to revolutionize space missions with reusable rockets that would dramatically lower costs.

The launch window January 30 opens at 4:23 p.m. EST (2123 GMT) and extends for 134 minutes.

SpaceX cut off its launch broadcast after confirming that the rocket's nose cone - the cause of a delay to a planned November launch - had separated a few minutes after the 8 p.m. ET blastoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

According to Shotwell, "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".

The company has been preparing to launch its new Falcon Heavy rocket, which is made up of three Falcon 9 engine cores.

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