The flight seemed to go off without a hitch, although we weren't given full access to video throughout the entirety of the flight or detailed telemetry data considering that this was a classified mission for the U.S. Military.
SpaceX has told two outlets - Dow Jones and Popular Mechanics - that its Falcon 9 rocket performed "nominally" for the launch but provided no further comment. The satellite could have stopped working on orbit - or, if it failed to separate from the second stage because of a problem, it could have tumbled back toward Earth, she said.
Northrop Grumman built the multibillion-dollar satellite, code-named Zuma, and was responsible for choosing the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle, both officials said. "Information published that is contrary to this statement is categorically false". However, these censored bits are par for the course when it comes to SpaceX's missions for the government.
The intelligence satellite, built by Northrop Grumman Corp, failed to separate from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket, according to United States officials.
SpaceX is the commercial launch service formed by Elon Musk, who is also CEO of Tesla.
SpaceX will fly the rocket on manned and unmanned Mars missions in the coming years.
The pinpoint landing of Falcon's booster marks the 21st time that SpaceX has successfully completed the pioneering maneuver, which recovers for reuse a costly part of the rocket that traditionally is expended during launch.
SpaceX's new, powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, was at its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, awaiting an engine test-firing sometime this week. The spokesman for the corporation said that the company isn't at liberty to comment on a classified mission.
"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", said Shotwell.