Is this anything like earlier SpaceX launch failures?
On Wednesday, SpaceX had confirmed that it had carried out a successful propellant test of the Falcon 9 on Pad 40 of the KSC. "If we or others find otherwise based on further review, we will report it immediately", SpaceX, which is led by entrepreneur Elon Musk, said in an emailed statement.
SpaceX's Shotwell said in a statement that since no rocket changes are warranted for upcoming flights, the company's launch schedule remains on track. But the launch is bound to be a setback.
The comments come amid concerns that the mission may have failed shortly after liftoff, and its payload may be lost in space, a payload that possibly included a government satellite.
The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets report that the top-secret satellite never made it into orbit and authorities believe it has plummeted back into the atmosphere.
There has been some confusion over what exactly happened to the satellite after leaving Florida, however. And the rocket apparently did its job properly, SpaceX representatives said.
As a two-stage rocket, the Falcon 9 first stage separated from the second stage exactly two minutes and 19 seconds into its flight.
Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer who tracks rocket launchings, tweeted that the payload catalog number "conflicts with WSJ story that payload failed to separate from second stage (which is believed to have deorbited itself)", he wrote. ULA, meanwhile, maintained that responsibility for national security satellites that cost hundreds of millions of dollars and help guide precision bombs and conduct surveillance should not just go to the lowest bidder.
'If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth, astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye'. The rocket's second stage propels the satellite into orbit. It's in orbit and not functioning. 3.
On Sept. 2, 2015, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Navy's MUOS-4 satellite lit up the sky after launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:18 a.m.
A spokesperson for Northrup Grumman told Sky News: "This is a classified programme".
SpaceX, as usual, livestreamed the launch, and everything appeared to go as planned. We don't know what it was being used for or which government agency is behind the mission. The information about the parameters of the orbit of the satellite and its purpose was classified. The initial reports cite a communications "blackout" with the satellite. It was later shot down in 2008 as part of a military operation known as "Burnt Frost".