REPORT: Top-secret Zuma mission may have failed; SpaceX says launch went well

By Spectrum News Staff,
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 9:43 AM EST

The top-secret Zuma payload that lifted off on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket Sunday night may have failed, according to a report.

CNN published a story Tuesday afternoon that said the secret payload — worth billions — failed to reach its target orbit and was lost. They quoted unnamed industry and federal officials.

Meanwhile, Gwynne Shotwell, president and COO of SpaceX, said its Falcon 9 rocket "did everything correctly."

The launch broadcast was cut off shortly after the rocket's nose cone separated, which is standard under secret national security missions.

Shotwell said the Zuma mission should have no impact on its upcoming Falcon 9 launch in three weeks or the test launch of the Falcon Heavy.