SpaceX scheduled to test fire Falcon Heavy rocket Thursday

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However, these rumors about mission failure were recently cleared out by Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX President who negated the reports stating that the classified Zuma satellite was successfully planted in the Earth's lower orbit after its launch. The company has already signed contracts to launch commercial missions on the three-core rocket - if the test fire and demonstration flight are successful.

These reports are partially based upon a briefing supposedly given to lawmakers and congressional staffers indicating that the satellite did not separate from the rocket as planned.

Northrop Grumman - which provided the satellite for an undisclosed USA government entity - said it can not comment on classified missions.

As for Northrop Grumman, the manufacturer of the Zuma satellite, it simply added "we can not comment on classified missions".

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As far as we can tell from reporting by both the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, the Zuma satellite failed to successfully separate from the upper stage.

"For clarity: after reviewing of all data to date, Falcon 9 did everything correctly on Sunday night". If additional reviews uncover any problems, she said, "we will report it immediately".

Bloomberg, citing a USA official and two congressional aides familiar with the launch, that the Falcon 9's second-stage booster section failed. SpaceX was originally set to launch the Zuma mission in November, but the company tweeted at the time that it was postponing the mission "to take a closer look at data from recent fairing testing for another customer". He said a number designation was assigned by federal space trackers, but that doesn't mean there is anything still in orbit.

Musk has said it is possible that the Falcon Heavy's first launch could end with the rocket blowing up, so he's placing his personal property - his Tesla Roadster - in the nosecone as payload.

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"The most important issue here is whether the Pentagon will rethink its reliability as a provider of launch services", said Thompson, whose think tank receives funding from Boeing and Lockheed. The company chose SpaceX as the launch provider, noting late a year ago that it took "great care to ensure the most affordable and lowest risk scenario for Zuma". Last year, SpaceX completed 18 launches.

A rocket operated by the aerospace company SpaceX exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral where it was being test-fired ahead of a launch.

The company has been preparing to launch its new Falcon Heavy rocket, which is made up of three Falcon 9 engine cores.

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