However, in an emailed statement to Xinhua, SpaceX hinted that the presumed problem may have nothing to do with its Falcon 9 rocket, which 'did everything correctly' during the launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
"We do not comment on missions of this nature; but as of right now reviews of the data indicate Falcon 9 performed nominally," the statement added.
Quoting two anonymous U.S. officials, News website Time also said that the Zuma satellite, built by American aerospace and defence technology company Northrop Grumman, failed to separate from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket and is assumed to have broken up or plunged into the sea.
The satellite 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.
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