US Spy Satellite Believed Lost After SpaceX Mission Fails
Apparently, an expensive, highly classified US spy satellite is presumed to be a total loss after it failed to reach orbit atop a Space Exploration Technologies Corp. rocket on Jan 7. Lawmakers and congressional staffers from the Senate and the House have been briefed about the botched mission, some of the officials said. The secret payload—code-named Zuma and launched from Florida on board a Falcon 9 rocket—is believed to have plummeted back into the atmosphere, they said, because it didn’t separate as planned from the upper part of the rocket.
US Spy Satellite Believed Lost After SpaceX Mission Fails (WSJ) The mystery behind the fate of a top-secret satellite comes at the height of one of Elon Musk’s biggest rivalries (WaPo)