13 Jan '18, 3pm

Lost in space? Questions mount over fate of secret satellite as SpaceX pushes ahead

Lost in space? Questions mount over fate of secret satellite as SpaceX pushes ahead

The top-secret satellite known only by a code name "Zuma" was a mystery from the start. Its classified mission was intentionally inscrutable – whether to detect missile launches, spy on adversaries, or to track ship at sea with a space radar. The satellite was so highly secretive that it was not publicly released what government agency – National Reconnaissance Office? Central Intelligence Agency? – was responsible for it. During the launch last Sunday evening, SpaceX cut short its webcast so that it wouldn't reveal any details of where the satellite was going or what it looked like. Now there's another mystery: What happened to Zuma? After reports Monday that the satellite suffered some sort of failure, SpaceX rushed to defend its reputation, denying that it had done anything wrong. Its Falcon 9 rocket "performed nominally," it said. Then, on Tuesday morning, SpaceX Presi...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/us/lost-in-space-questions-m...

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