SpaceX postpones 'static test' fire of Falcon Heavy engines

SpaceX postpones 'static test' fire of Falcon Heavy engines

The highly classified and expensive government satellite launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral has reportedly been destroyed. But not all missions garner this level of interest as Zuma.

SpaceX has driven down the costs of launching rockets, but has also had some high-profile failures, including an explosion on a launch pad in 2016 that to build.

The mission's failure and the reluctance of government authorities to explain about the reason for the failure though has hurt SpaceX, who has taken the space industry by storm.

According to ArsTechnica, the company has stated that the rocket performed nominally in both the first and second stages during the launch.

That would explain SpaceX's account of a ideal launch, while also squaring with the satellite is a total loss.

Falcon Heavy launches start at $90 million, compared to the starting price of $62 million for the smaller Falcon 9, according to SpaceX's website.

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

"Though we have preserved the range opportunity for tomorrow, we will take the time we need to complete the data review and will then confirm a new launch date".

Northrop Grumman declined to comment, instead releasing a tight-lipped statement.

An SES spokesman said the company was in constant contact with SpaceX and is "totally confident" for its launch date at the end of the month.

SpaceX has pushed back an historic test of the Falcon Heavy, the world's largest rocket.

"Three, two, one, ignition and liftoff", said a SpaceX commentator as the Falcon 9 rocket launched under cover of darkness from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 8:00 pm (0100 GMT Monday).

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"This is a classified program", Northrop Grumman Communications Director Lon Rains told HuffPost in an emailed statement. The mission, backed by the United States government, has become the talk of the town because neither the agency behind the liftoff nor the Pentagon are taking responsibility or sharing details about it post the liftoff. After a bitter legal and lobbying battle, the Pentagon certified SpaceX's Falcon 9 for the missions and now is relying on SpaceX to reliably fly its satellites to orbit. To viewers of the live stream, the launch seemed like a success. It was so shrouded in secrecy that the sponsoring government agency was not even identified, as is usually the case.

The likely culprit for the failed launch of the payload can be an American Corporation Northrop Grumman.

But with the mission's classified nature, confirmation of Zuma's fate, and what may have gone wrong, remained elusive.

SpaceX has launched national security payloads in the past, including a spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office, and an X-37B space plane for the US Air Force.

On the other hand, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), was not as lenient on SpaceX.

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