SpaceX postpones 'static test' fire of Falcon Heavy engines

SpaceX president confirms successful launch of government spy satellite Zuma

To add to the mystery status of Zuma mission, the satellite is still categorized as a payload by the USA space-based surveillance system.

The Falcon 9 with Zuma kicked off on 8 January 2018 to 04:00 Moscow time from the cosmodrome on Cape Canaveral.

Information published that is contrary to this statement is categorically false. Aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman-which worked on the mission with SpaceX on behalf of the government-told Space.com its function was "restricted" and was being fired into "low-Earth orbit". "We can not discuss classified programs".

There's a brewing controversy surrounding SpaceX's recent launch from Cape Canaveral late Sunday night.

TechCrunch that SpaceX's latest rocket had a successful launch but the payload being carried by the rocket, codenamed "Zuma" and believed to be a spy satellite for the US government, was unable to separate from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket.

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She continued: "Falcon Heavy has been rolled out to launchpad LC-39A for a static fire later this week, to be followed shortly thereafter by its maiden flight". Musk has said BFR could be used for missions ranging from taking satellites to low-Earth orbit to colonizing Mars. However, SpaceX made a decision to delay the launch to deal with some issues regarding the payload fairing (nose cone). It was noted that the spacecraft does not come loose from the second stage of the Falcon 9 and burned in the atmosphere, or drowned in the ocean.

The GovSat 1 satellite is set to launch on the next Falcon 9 rocket mission.

The company has not said when exactly the rocket's engines will fire. Meanwhile, ULA maintained that responsibility for vital national security satellites that cost hundreds of millions should not just be decided on price.

On launch day, safely tucked away in a protective payload fairing will be Musk's 2008 Tesla Roadster, an all-electric sports auto that boosted his energy company during its formative years.

The Falcon Heavy will be carrying Musk's midnight cherry Tesla Roadster as its payload to ensure that the rocket works with heavy cargo aboard.

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In the past, the first few launches of a new rocket were expected to have a fairly high failure rate.

On the other hand, ArsTechnica notes that the fairing for Zuma was also supplied by Northrop Grumman.

The Falcon Heavy also benefits from the development of its predecessor, the Falcon 9, said Phil Larson, assistant dean at the University of Colorado, Boulder's College of Engineering. This year, it plans to break that record, continuing its disruption of an industry Musk first targeted when he founded SpaceX in 2002.

That in itself was a statement: "They're not going to launch again if they think there's a chance it was their fault", said Todd Harrison, a defense analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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