Tech & Science Musk's Space Dreams Tested by Zuma's Mystery Failure

17:51  12 january  2018
17:51  12 january  2018 Source:   Bloomberg

SpaceX Has Launched the U.S. Government's Secretive 'Zuma' Spacecraft Into Orbit

  SpaceX Has Launched the U.S. Government's Secretive 'Zuma' Spacecraft Into Orbit SpaceX successfully completed its first launch of 2018 Sunday night, sending a highly secretive U.S. government spacecraft into orbit before carrying out an upright landing of the rocket’s first stage. The classified payload, named Zuma, took off at around 8 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a Falcon 9 rocket and was sent into low-earth orbit. Little is known about the mission’s objectives.SpaceX cut its live web feed shortly after separation of the payload from the rocket, citing the classified nature of its cargo.

Its code name: Zuma . Only now, what was supposed to be a triumph for Musk and his SpaceX has turned into a potential setback after the satellite went missing. The episode is also shaping up as a test for the billionaire’ s ambitions in space — especially SpaceX’ s

Its code name: Zuma . Only now, what was supposed to be a triumph for Musk and his Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has turned into a potential setback after the satellite went missing. The episode is also shaping up as a test for the billionaire’ s ambitions in space -- especially SpaceX’ s

Elon Musk, chief executive officer for Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), speaks during the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016.: Musk's Space Dreams Are Tested by Mystery Failure © Bloomberg/Bloomberg Musk's Space Dreams Are Tested by Mystery Failure (Bloomberg) -- It was one of the most important things Elon Musk has ever launched into space: a government satellite so shrouded in secrecy that virtually everything about it is classified.

Its code name: Zuma.

Only now, what was supposed to be a triumph for Musk and his Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has turned into a potential setback after the satellite went missing. The episode is also shaping up as a test for the billionaire’s ambitions in space -- especially SpaceX’s hard-won ability to compete for military missions.

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  The U.S. Spy Satellite Launched by SpaceX Failed to Reach Orbit A U.S. spy satellite that was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a SpaceX rocket on Sunday failed to reach orbit and is assumed to be a total loss, two U.S. officials briefed on the mission said on Monday. The classified intelligence satellite, built by Northrop Grumman, failed to separate from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket and is assumed to have broken up or plunged into the sea, said the two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.The satellite is assumed to be “a write-off,” one of the officials said.The presumed loss of the satellite was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Its code name: Zuma . Only now, what was supposed to be a triumph for Musk and his Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has turned into a potential setback after the satellite went missing. The episode is also shaping up as a test for the billionaire’ s ambitions in space — especially SpaceX’ s

It was one of the most important things Elon Musk has ever launched into space : a government satellite so shrouded in secrecy that virtually everything about it is classified. Its code name: Zuma .

“They’re concerned any failure might hinder their ability to get future national security launch contracts,” said Brian Weeden, the director of program planning for the Secure World Foundation, a space-policy think tank. “National security payloads are a very important potential market for SpaceX.”

Presumed Lost

Details are scant and it’s far from clear who, if anyone, is at fault. But this much is certain: Zuma, perched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, streaked across the Florida sky from Cape Canaveral on Sunday evening and the first stage returned safely to land. Cheers went up inside SpaceX Mission Control, in Hawthorne, California.

But something went wrong. By Monday evening, Zuma was presumed lost.

Gwynne Shotwell, the chief operating officer of SpaceX, issued a strongly worded statement on Tuesday that placed the blame elsewhere.

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Musk ’ s space dreams tested by mystery Zuma failure . Maybe not the best idea to have called it Zuma , just asking for failure I guess.

It was one of the most important things Elon Musk has ever launched into space : a government satellite so shrouded in secrecy that virtually everything about it is classified. Its code name: Zuma .

“After review of all data to date, Falcon 9 did everything correctly on Sunday night,” Shotwell said. SpaceX declined to comment further, citing the mission’s classified status, as did Northrop Grumman Corp., which hired SpaceX as the launch contractor.

SpaceX’s review so far indicates that “no design, operational or other changes are needed,” Shotwell said. The company doesn’t anticipate any impact on its upcoming launch schedule, including a Falcon 9 mission in three weeks.

Likely Investigations

“There’s a long tradition of not commenting on problems with classified missions, unless it blows up in such a way that everyone can see it,” said John Logsdon, founder and former director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University.

“There will be at least three investigations. SpaceX will follow through to make sure they were not part of the problem,” he said. “There will be an internal investigation at Northrop Grumman. And the sponsoring agency will do an investigation. No matter what Zuma was, it was expensive. A billion dollars is not out of the ball park.”

Fate of secret satellite a mystery amid reports of failure

  Fate of secret satellite a mystery amid reports of failure A classified satellite launched Sunday by SpaceX may have suffered a failure, reports sayA classified satellite code-named Zuma, launched Sunday night atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, may have suffered a mission-ending failure during or shortly after the climb to space, according to news accounts Monday evening.

It was one of the most important things Elon Musk has ever launched into space : a government satellite so shrouded in secrecy that virtually everything about it is classified. Its code name: Zuma .

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Whatever the cause, the mishap could scarcely come at a worse time for Musk. Just days before Sunday’s launch, his flagship public company, Tesla Inc., once again pushed back its production target for its pivotal Model 3 sedan. The move raised questions about whether the electric-car company would need to raise cash.

Closely held SpaceX, meanwhile, is heading into what is due to be a busy year. The company has said it plans about 30 missions in 2018 after completing a record 18 last year.

Falcon Heavy

SpaceX is slated to demonstrate the maiden flight of Falcon Heavy, a larger and more powerful rocket, later this month. And along with Boeing Co., it 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 scheduled for the second quarter.

Zuma was SpaceX’s third military launch. The Falcon 9 won U.S. Air Force certification for national-security space missions in May 2015, breaking a lock long-held by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin Corp.

Contracts for military launches include satellites that let troops communicate on battlefields and are estimated to be valued at about $70 billion through 2030.

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