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SpaceX spy satellite thought to be total loss: reports

Bernard Goyder 9 January 2018

A US spy satellite that reportedly failed to reach orbit appears to be a total loss, according to news outlets including The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.

Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX's) Falcon 9 rocket was the launch vehicle for the satellite, which was propelled from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday (7 January). The intelligence-gathering satellite was built by the aerospace company Northrop Grumman.

Media reports indicate that the mission, codenamed Zuma, has failed, leading to a potentially costly...

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