Secret American military satellite, known under the code name Zuma, it seems, failed to reach orbit and burned in the dense layers of the atmosphere — according to The Wall Street Journal, citing contradictory statements by a number of senior officials from the White house and the Senate.
According to information obtained from the WSJ’s own sources, the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket ended in a good way, and the secret payload Zuma were not able to separate from the launch vehicle and continue the journey. As soon as the engine of the second stage of the rocket has stopped working, the satellite was separated from it and continue the flight along a predetermined path. If separation has not occurred, the level could drag it along with him, after which he, most likely, partially burned in the atmosphere.
However, precise information, the publication is not yet available, and the officials evade direct answers, so you can assume anything — it could be a failed branch of the machine or other malfunctions.
Experts say that to assume something specific in this case is quite problematic, given the nature of the mission and equipment, the purpose of which continues to keep secret. Elon Musk, head of SpaceX, has not commented on the rumor. Representatives of the command of the armed forces of the United States also refused to give a detailed review, but acknowledged that currently “can’t track” the spacecraft Zuma.