The loss of a multi-billion-dollar satellite this past January is being attributed to engineering and testing errors made by aerospace and defence firm Northrop Grumman Corporation, according to a recently-concluded investigation.
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We still don't know what happened to Zuma, a secretive spy satellite that failed to reach orbit after launching from Cape Canaveral earlier this month. SpaceX has consistently claimed that its Falcon 9 rocket worked perfectly - a claim with added credence, now that the US Air Force has said it isn't going to dismiss the rocket company's right to vie for military contracts.
Today, Elon Musk's SpaceX will launch "Zuma," a mysterious government spacecraft of unknown purpose, on one of its partially-reusable Falcon 9 two-stage rockets from Launch Complex 40 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The exact time of the launch has yet to be set, though SpaceX has set a two-hour window beginning at 12 AEDT. That's lunchtime today.