January 9, 2018
Zuma satellite from @northropgrumman may be dead in orbit after separation from @SpaceX Falcon 9, sources say. Info blackout renders any conclusion – launcher issue? Satellite-only issue? — impossible to draw. pic.twitter.com/KggCGNC5Si
— Peter B. de Selding (@pbdes) January 8, 2018
How stupid is this dumb sonovabitch?
The highly classified and expensive government satellite launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral has reportedly been destroyed. SpaceX isn’t commenting on the allegedly failed mission, however.
Despite the launch being shrouded in secrecy, SpaceX seemed to have successfully carried a mysterious government satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday. SpaceX was able to land the booster’s first stage, while the second stage continued to carry the secretive Zuma payload to its destination in low-orbit.
SpaceX has now landed Falcon 9 boosters a total of 21 times. However, SpaceX never officially confirmed the success of the mission.
On Monday, lawmakers were informed that the mission was “a total loss” and the payload plummeted back into the atmosphere when it failed to detach from the rocket, sources told the Wall Street Journal.
While the details are unknown, reports said the payload failed to detach from the second stage properly. The Zuma satellite was attached to the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket, which is designed to fall back to Earth and burn up in reentry.
Sources also told TechCrunch and Ars Technica that the payload fell back to Earth attached to the second stage of the Falcon 9.
On Monday, Peter de Selding, the editor of Space Intel Report, cited sources who told him that the satellite “may be dead in orbit” after it separated from the SpaceX rocket.
Aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman was contracted by the government to build the satellite, which the Wall Street Journal said was worth billions of dollars. Northrop Grumman then selected SpaceX as the launch provider.
Why does the government of the United States keep paying this fraud to waste our money?
It is absolutely absurd.
Musk is a bottomless pit that the government just dumps money down. And they feel no need to explain it, because it isn’t their money. But come on – imagine the things you could waste money on, other than this weird faggot with his autistic stare?
Does he even actually have autism, or does he fake that stare because he thinks it makes him look like a deep thinker? Because that would be worse than having actual autism.
I seriously cannot believe this is still happening. This guy has two massive companies which are designed exclusively to get contracts from the US government and waste all the money.
People don’t understand that yes, public-private partnerships are a good idea, but you have to have some form of intelligent oversight going on. And you don’t just keep dumping piles of money at the feet of a guy who has literally never accomplished a single thing in his entire life.