Thursday, January 11, 2018

US Confirms: Secret Zuma Satellite Crashed into Ocean






A top-secret billion-dollar spy satellite plummeted into the Indian Ocean after a SpaceX mission over the weekend, but Elon Musk's company has insisted they are not to blame. The satellite, codenamed Zuma, launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida Sunday night, but it reportedly failed to remain in orbit, officials said Wednesday.

The classified intelligence satellite, built by Northrop Grumman Corp, 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 two officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

The satellite is assumed to be 'a write-off,' one of the officials said. An investigation is underway, but there is no initial indication of sabotage or other interference, they said.

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