Now It's MIA: SpaceX Launched a Government Spy Satellite on Sunday

Now It's MIA: SpaceX Launched a Government Spy Satellite on Sunday

Zuma was launched by Space from its SLC-40 launch facility at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

The satellite, codenamed Zuma, apparently failed to separate from the upper section of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday and is believed to have tumbled back into Earth's atmosphere, industry and government officials tell the Wall Street Journal.

The exact destination of the US spacecraft was not disclosed. SpaceX's press kit offers no details about the mysterious satellite.

"Due to the classified nature of the payload, no further comment is possible", she said.

The satellite is assumed to be "a write-off", one of the officials said. Now reports are circulating that the Zuma spacecraft might have been lost following the launch.

Another noticeable addition to the intrigue is that while SpaceX typically broadcasts its launches via webcam, this launch did not receive the full treatment - the Zuma spacecraft was not shown when it separated from the first stage of the rocket.

Shotwell added: "If we or others find otherwise based on further review, we will report it immediately".

Time says that SpaceX plans to launch a total of 30 rockets over the year, which is 12 more than last year.

"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", Shotwell added.

Roughly eight minutes after taking off, stage one of the Falcon 9 touched down at Landing Zone 1.

The company has been preparing to launch at the end of the month its new Falcon Heavy rocket, which is made up of three Falcon 9 engine cores. However, SpaceX did not confirm the success of the rest of the mission. The mission was top-secret and was classified by the US government.

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, a company led by Tesla founder Elon Musk, successfully launched the Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Sunday.

Just call it Schrödinger's rocket launch. Well, this is nothing new. SpaceX, along with Boeing Co., also has a contract with NASA to fly astronauts to the International Space Station as part of the "Commercial Crew" program, with the first crucial test flight slated for the second quarter.

The fact Zuma was supposed to go into LEO suggests it may have been a military satellite of some kind.