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Did SpaceX lose a secret government satellite?

Did SpaceX lose a secret government satellite?
Posted at 10:34 AM, Jan 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-09 05:47:51-05

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL (CNN) - SpaceX says it appears rocket performed as expected during its Sunday night launch of the federal government's secretive "Zuma" mission.

The comments come amid concerns that the mission may have failed shortly after liftoff, and its payload may be lost in space, a payload that possibly included a government satellite.

The launch broadcast was cut off shortly after the Falcon-Nine Rocket's nose cone separated, which is standard under secret national security missions.

A SpaceX spokesperson says early reviews of the launch indicate the rocket performed as expected. However, Newsweek reports that that the Zuma didn’t make it into its final orbit, according to sources in the U.S. Senate.

Northrup Grumman, which was responsible for the payload, has yet to comment on the launch.

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