SpaceX rocket satellite 'CRASHED into Indian Ocean in botched mission'

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The media did credit the source of information to an anonymous USA government official confirming the failure of the mission.

The intelligence satellite, built by Northrop Grumman Corp, failed to separate from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket, according to USA officials. The rocket's second stage propels the satellite into 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.

Shotwell said in a statement that since no rocket changes are warranted for upcoming flights, the company's launch schedule remains on track.

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

Asked to comment, SpaceX - which is based in Hawthorne and whose full name is Space Exploration Technologies Corp. - issued a statement Monday afternoon: "We do not comment on missions of this nature; but as of right now reviews of the data indicate Falcon 9 performed nominally". If additional reviews uncover any problems, she said, "we will report it immediately".

SpaceX is led by Elon Musk and has been rapidly expanding its launch business, which includes NASA, national security and commercial missions.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A Space X rocket during launch.

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Teams will watch closely as the three-core launch vehicle is loaded with propellant at pad 39A on Thursday, then briefly fire its 27 Merlin engines for the first time. Info blackout renders any conclusion - launcher issue?

The company says that SpaceX is all set for the maiden flight of its Falcon Heavy.

The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket in the world. This year, it's aiming for more. SpaceX has a six-hour window - from 1 7 p.m. - to fuel and test the 230-foot-tall rocket.

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