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U.S. spy satellite appears lost after SpaceX launch: Report

ANI  |  Washington [U.S.A.] 

A highly classified U.S. Zuma that was launched aboard a rocket on Sunday reportedly failed to reach orbit and might have been lost, said.

However, in an emailed statement to Xinhua, hinted that the presumed problem may have nothing to do with its 9 rocket, which 'did everything correctly' during the launch from the in

"We do not comment on missions of this nature; but as of right now reviews of the data indicate 9 performed nominally," the statement added.

Quoting two anonymous U.S. officials, News website Time also said that the Zuma satellite, built by American and company Northrop Grumman, failed to separate from the second stage of the 9 rocket and is assumed to have broken up or plunged into the sea.

The is assumed to be "a write-off," the report said, adding that an investigation is underway, but there is no initial indication of sabotage or other interference.

Previously, has launched two classified payloads for the during the past year.

Launched in May, the NROL-76 was for the The other was a non-crewed X-37B space plane for the U.S. Air Force, which lifted off in September.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 02:11 IST