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Pentagon mum on fate of secret satellite

Phys.org - Thu 11 Jan 18

The mystery surrounding the fate of a secret military satellite deepened Thursday when the Pentagon refused to answer even simple questions about whether the mission to launch it had gone awry.

SpaceX says rocket worked fine as spy satellite reported lost

Phys.org - Tue 9 Jan 18

A SpaceX rocket worked fine in its weekend launch of a secretive government satellite, named Zuma, the company said Tuesday after reports the payload did not make it into orbit.

SpaceX says rocket worked fine as spy satellite reported lost, SpaceDaily - Tue 9 Jan 18

The mystery behind the fate of a top secret satellite comes at the height of one of Elon Musk's biggest rivalries

The Washington Post - Tue 9 Jan 18

Reports indicate a problem with a highly classified national security satellite as SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance step up their rivalry for lucrative government contracts.

Mysterious payload now orbiting Earth after SpaceX launch — but nobody will say what it is

The Independent - Mon 8 Jan 18

The payload may be used for surveillance or other tracking

SpaceX launches secretive Zuma mission

Phys.org - Mon 8 Jan 18

SpaceX on Sunday blasted off a secretive US government payload known as Zuma, a mission whose nature—and the agency behind it—remains a mystery.

SpaceX launches secretive Zuma mission, The Hindu - Sun 7 Jan 18

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

TIME - Mon 8 Jan 18

Little is known about the mission's objectives

Pentagon Shuts Down Questions About Zuma, and Raises More Questions

SPACE.com - Fri 12 Jan 18

When a big-ticket military weapon development or procurement goes off the rails for any reason, the Pentagon as a rule does not deflect media questions to the contractor that the government ...

Pentagon refuses to say if secret Zuma satellite failed

Daily Mail - Thu 11 Jan 18

When asked at a press briefing if the Pentagon considered the launch a success or a failure, officials declined to provide any information whatsoever.

Meet the amateur astronomers who track secretive spy satellites for fun

Popular Science - Thu 11 Jan 18

Space If Zuma is still up there, these are the people who might spot it. Scattered across the world are satellite trackers, who devote their spare time to examining the sky ...

Pentagon: Ask SpaceX about Zuma. SpaceX: That’s not our story to tell.

Arstechnica - Thu 11 Jan 18

Without real information, there’s much speculation about North Korea and nukes.

SpaceX Says Don't Blame Us After Secret Zuma Military Satellite Fails Shortly After Falcon 9 Launch

HotHardware - Thu 11 Jan 18

There's a brewing controversy surrounding SpaceX's recent launch from Cape Canaveral late Sunday night. The flight seemed to go off without a hitch, although we weren’t given full access ...

In Photos: SpaceX Rocket Launches Secret Zuma Spacecraft

Livescience - Wed 10 Jan 18

On Jan. 7, 2017, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the secret Zuma mission for the U.S. government in a nighttime liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. See photos of the ...

SpaceX says rocket performance OK in secret satellite launch

FOXNews - Tue 9 Jan 18

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX defended its rocket performance during the weekend launch of a secret U.S. satellite, responding Tuesday to media reports that the satellite codenamed Zuma ...

SpaceX Says Rocket Performance OK in Secret Satellite Launch, Laboratory Equipment - Tue 9 Jan 18

SpaceX defends rocket performance after loss of U.S. spy satellite

Reuters - Tue 9 Jan 18

(Reuters) - SpaceX on Tuesday defended the performance of one of its rockets used to launch a U.S. spy satellite that is believed to have been lost after failing to reach orbit, adding that ...

SpaceX says its rocket didn’t malfunction during the Zuma launch

Engadget - Tue 9 Jan 18

Sunday night, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the mysterious Zuma payload -- a satellite made by Northrop Grumman for an unnamed US government agency. The launch itself was ...

SpaceX says its rocket performed exactly as intended in Zuma launch

TechCrunch - Tue 9 Jan 18

 Following reports from Monday that the Zuma spacecraft, a mystery payload SpaceX launched for client Northrop Grumman on behalf of the U.S. Government, was lost seemingly during the second ...

What we know, and what we don’t about the secretive Zuma payload

Ars Technica - Tue 9 Jan 18

Both sides seem to be playing the blame game now.

Did SpaceX’s secret Zuma mission actually fail?

The Verge - Tue 9 Jan 18

Late Sunday night, SpaceX appeared to successfully launch a classified satellite named Zuma for some unknown government agency — but it’s possible the mysterious spacecraft may ...

Did Something Happen to Secret Zuma Spacecraft After SpaceX Launch?

SPACE.com - Mon 8 Jan 18

The U.S. government's hush-hush Zuma satellite may have run into some serious problems during or shortly after its Sunday launch (Jan. 7), according to media reports.

SpaceX apparently lost the classified Zuma payload from latest launch

TechCrunch - Mon 8 Jan 18

 SpaceX’s latest rocket may have launched successfully – but the mission didn’t end as a win. The Zuma payload it was carrying, a mysterious classified piece of cargo ...

Secret Zuma satellite's fate unknown after SpaceX launch

USA today - Mon 8 Jan 18

There were reports that the Zuma mission may have ended in failure, but SpaceX said its Falcon 9 appeared to have performed properly.        

The Zuma satellite launched by SpaceX may be lost, sources tell Ars

Ars Technica - Mon 8 Jan 18

"As of right now reviews of the data indicate Falcon 9 performed nominally.”

SpaceX launches rocket carrying classified payload for U.S. government

FOXNews - Mon 8 Jan 18

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket Sunday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying into orbit a top-secret satellite codenamed Zuma.

SpaceX kicks off 2018 with launch of mysterious Zuma mission, Falcon landing

USA today - Mon 8 Jan 18

A secret government satellite mission code-named Zuma zoomed into orbit from Cape Canaveral Sunday night atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.        

SpaceX successfully sends secret 'Zuma' satellite to space - CNET

CNET Cutting Edge - Sun 7 Jan 18

The rocket company completes its first launch of the year with its most secretive mission yet, and also managea to recover the Falcon 9 rocket.

First SpaceX launch of 2018 carries a secret payload

Engadget - Sun 7 Jan 18

SpaceX's first mission of 2018 has more than its share of mystery. The company has successfully launched "Zuma," a mysterious government payload, into orbit from Cape ...

SpaceX Launches Secret Zuma Mission for US Government, Lands Rocket

SPACE.com - Sun 7 Jan 18

SpaceX lofted the super-secret Zuma spacecraft for the U.S. government tonight (Jan. 8), successfully executing a mission that also featured yet another landing by the first stage of the company's ...

SpaceX successfully launches top-secret Zuma spacecraft

TechCrunch - Sun 7 Jan 18

 SpaceX has successfully launched its first mission of 2018, after capping a record year last year in 2017 with 18 total launches. The first launch this year carried a special payload – ...

Watch SpaceX launch the mysterious Zuma spacecraft live here

TechCrunch - Sun 7 Jan 18

 SpaceX will attempt its first launch of 2018 later today, with a two-hour launch window opening at 8 PM EST (5 PM PST), with a backup launch window set for tomorrow at the same time. The ...

Watch live: SpaceX’s Zuma mission may finally be ready to zoom into space

Arstechnica - Sun 7 Jan 18

This is SpaceX's third classified mission, and arguably its most secretive flight.

SpaceX to Launch Mysterious Zuma Spacecraft Tonight: Watch It Live

SPACE.com - Sun 7 Jan 18

SpaceX plans to launch the secret Zuma payload for the U.S. government this evening (Jan. 7), after a nearly two-month delay.

SpaceX Delays Mysterious Zuma Spacecraft Launch to Sunday

SPACE.com - Fri 5 Jan 18

SpaceX has pushed back the launch of the mysterious Zuma spacecraft for the U.S. government to no earlier than Sunday (Jan. 7).

Secretive SpaceX mission may slip, delay Falcon Heavy debut - CNET

CNET Cutting Edge - Thu 4 Jan 18

The company's most mysterious launch yet has been delayed for nearly two months and may get pushed back again.

SpaceX targets January 5 launch for mystery Zuma payload

TechCrunch - Wed 3 Jan 18

 SpaceX is launching Zuma, a mystery spacecraft operated by the U.S. government for purposes unknown, thanks to it being very classified. The launch was supposed to take place last year, ...

SpaceX Launching Top-Secret Zuma Satellite for US Government This Week

SPACE.com - Tue 2 Jan 18

SpaceX aims to launch Zuma, a top-secret U.S. government satellite, on Friday night (Jan. 5) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, according to Air Force officials.

SpaceX prepares to launch secretive Zuma satellite

Daily Mail - Tue 2 Jan 18

SpaceX is gearing up to launch the highly secretive ‘Zuma’ satellite – a payload commissioned by an undisclosed branch of the US government. It will launch from Cape Canaveral on Thurs. ...

SpaceX will try to launch the mysterious Zuma satellite again Thursday

Ars Technica - Tue 2 Jan 18

This flight will clear the way for the much anticipated Falcon Heavy flight.

Is SpaceX's Covert Zuma Payload Missing in Action?

Wired Science - Tue 9 Jan 18

After months of delays, SpaceX's clandestine Zuma mission finally launched on Sunday. But the satellite on board may not have made it to its destination.

SpaceX just successfully launched a classified U.S. government spacecraft

Fastcompany Tech - Mon 8 Jan 18

The launch was the first SpaceX launch of 2018, reports CNBC. Because its payload was classified as a U.S. government secret, it’s not known what exactly the rocket’s payload was ...

SpaceX launches Zuma spacecraft, most secretive mission to date

UPI - Sun 7 Jan 18

SpaceX successfully launched an undisclosed national security payload on Sunday night.

Watch live: SpaceX to launch Zuma spacecraft, most secretive mission to date

UPI - Sun 7 Jan 18

SpaceX is scheduled to launch an undisclosed national security payload on Sunday night.

Will 2018 be a step forward or a step back for SpaceX?

The Space Review - Tue 2 Jan 18

Last year was perhaps the most successful in the history of SpaceX, but what will the company do for an encore in 2018? A.J. Mackenzie argues that the company faces new risks in 2018 with the ...