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ZUMA Satellite

(USA 280 - NORAD 43098 - Intl Code 2018-001A)


Launched 7 Jan 2018 - Lost 7-8 Jan 2018?

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Spacefight101 identified the N.G. Eagle-3 satellite as a possible Zuma satellite in a November 2017 article (http://spaceflight101.com/falcon-9-zuma/zuma/)


Press Release From: SpaceX 
 

The following statement is from Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX:

“For clarity: after review of all data to date, Falcon 9 did everything correctly on Sunday night. If we or others find otherwise based on further review, we will report it immediately. Information published that is contrary to this statement is categorically false. Due to the classified nature of the payload, no further comment is possible.  

“Since the data reviewed so far indicates that no design, operational or other changes are needed, we do not anticipate any impact on the upcoming launch schedule. 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. We are also preparing for an F9 launch for SES and the Luxembourg Government from SLC-40 in three weeks.”  

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HOT TOPICS

Amateur astronomer finds long-lost satellite while looking for ZUMA

https://skyriddles.wordpress.com/2018/01/21/nasas-long-dead-image-satellite-is-alive/

Air Force Maintains Trust in SpaceX After Secret Zuma Mission: Report

https://www.space.com/39464-air-force-spacex-confidence-zuma-mission.html

Lawmakers Question Success Of Secret SpaceX Zuma Mission

http://www.valuewalk.com/2018/01/lawmakers-question-spacex-zuma-mission/

Taxpayers May Pay for Secret Satellite Lost After SpaceX Launch

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-18/taxpayers-may-pay-for-secret-satellite-lost-after-spacex-launch

Doubts About SpaceX Reliability Persist As Astronaut Missions Approach
https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2018/01/15/doubts-about-spacex-reliability-persist-as-astronaut-missions-approach/#27e306303305

SpaceX to fire up Falcon Heavy's 27 engines this week
https://www.cnet.com/news/spacex-falcon-heavy-static-fire-test-launch-elon-musk/

SpaceX rocket debris washes up in North Myrtle Beach
http://wpde.com/news/local/spacex-debris-washes-up-in-north-myrtle-beach

MEET THE AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS WHO TRACK SECRETIVE SPY SATELLITES FOR FUN... IF ZUMA IS STILL UP THERE, THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO MIGHT SPOT IT.

https://www.popsci.com/amp/zuma-spy-satellite-amateur-astronomer

Lawmakers Look Into SpaceX Launch That Ended With Lost Satellite

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-10/lawmakers-look-into-spacex-launch-that-ended-with-lost-satellite

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IridiumBoss Matt Desch says Northrop Grumman at fault for Zuma loss and that SpaceX is victim of "typical" smear job

https://twitter.com/nova_road/status/951613509623844869

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This Youtube video, taken by US Launch Report shows (their suggestion) maybe only one fairing deployed.

In their video comments others say they saw both fairings deploy. See Video and Comments for story.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MouF4CXkt7o

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US Launch Report video was able to follow the second stage until it reached engine shutdown.

They say, "definitely, LEO heading East and a bit North. Look for the fairing release."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK4dELV4b9Q


As mentioned in numerous reports, if adapter didn't release Zuma from upper stage

and upper stage reentered after venting (photos below), then Zuma may have reentered still attached to stage?

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https://www.wired.com/story/spacexs-top-secret-zuma-mission-launches-today/

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Here are some photos showing upper stage, after orbit, venting prior to reentry.

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2 Photos via  -   https://sattrackcam.blogspot.de/2018/01/fuel-dump-of-zumas-falcon-9-upper-stage.html

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Possible upper stage venting prior to reentry as captured by airline pilot

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Possible upper stage venting prior to reentry as captured by photographer on ground

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The following photos of possible upper stage venting are via - https://www.facebook.com/ali.ali.562/posts/1515280118587551

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Having no camera didn't stop those who saw the venting Falcon 9 upper stage from sharing what they saw. Drawings began to appear on the internet. Mentions of UFO were noted.

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Here are some of the reports about the incident.

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What Happened With SpaceX's Classified Government Satellite Launch?

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-10/lawmakers-look-into-spacex-launch-that-ended-with-lost-satellite

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https://www.wired.com/story/is-spacexs-covert-zuma-payload-missing-in-action/

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http://www.mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2018/1/10/_i_don_t_think_we_ca.html

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuma_(satellite)

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https://www.cnet.com/news/spacex-zuma-spy-satellite-northrop-grumman-military/

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http://spaceflight101.com/falcon-9-zuma/zuma-potential-mission-failure/

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https://www.livescience.com/61377-zuma-spacex-mystery-explained.html

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https://www.news24.com/World/News/spacex-defends-rocket-performance-amid-reports-zuma-satellite-lost-20180110

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http://bitintruder.com/technology-and-science-news/spacex-dealt-blow-as-secret-military-satellite-goes-missing/

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5255187/Billion-dollar-satellite-plummets-Indian-Ocean.html

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https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-went-wrong-launching-secretive-zuma-satellite-180967786/

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https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/902768/spacex-zuma-satellite-rocket-elon-musk-space-news

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http://en.brinkwire.com/80970/zuma-mission-fails-spacex-claims-rocket-worked-fine-at-launch/

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https://www.deccanchronicle.com/science/science/100118/spacex-says-rocket-performance-ok-in-secret-satellite-launch.html

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http://fox43.com/2018/01/10/zuma-spacecraft-launched-by-spacex-is-lost-after-failing-to-enter-stable-orbit/

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https://advanced-television.com/2018/01/10/inside-satellite-spacex-denies-sat-loss-is-its-problem/

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http://time.com/5096628/spacex-zuma-northrup-grumman/

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http://www.n2yo.com/satellite/?s=43098

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/09/science/spacex-zuma-satellite.html

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https://www.space.com/39328-spacex-secret-zuma-launch-statement.html

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/01/09/the-mystery-behind-the-fate-of-a-top-secret-satellite-comes-at-the-height-of-one-of-elon-musks-biggest-rivalries/?utm_term=.3bc614ed3e31

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http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/rockets/a14927488/spacex-zuma-mission-just-keeps-getting-weirder/

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-spy-satellite-believed-lost-after-spacex-mission-fails-1515462479

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-09/spacex-launched-satellite-isn-t-seen-in-orbit-pentagon-says

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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/spacex-falcon-9-rocket-zuma-satellite-possible-failure/

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https://gizmodo.com/speculation-rampant-as-secretive-zuma-spy-satellite-dec-1821908118

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http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-spacex-zuma-20180109-story.html

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http://www.newsweek.com/what-spacex-falcon-9-rocket-elon-musk-may-have-lost-secret-us-spy-project-775820

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https://www.military.com/defensetech/2018/01/09/spacex-or-northrop-blame-lost-spy-satellite.html

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http://www.techtimes.com/articles/218359/20180109/spacex-falcon-9-zuma-mission-failed-rumors-say-fate-of-mysterious-satellite-unknown.htm

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https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/9/16866806/spacex-zuma-mission-failure-northrop-grumman-classified-falcon-9-rocket

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