Lawmakers Question SpaceX Regarding Secret Zuma Mission


Reuters/Scott AudetteThe unmanned Falcon 9 rocket launched by SpaceX lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

House lawmakers pressed SpaceX and NASA regarding the alleged loss of the top-secret Zuma spacecraft which was launched in one their Falcon 9 rockets. The failure of the mission also emboldened critics of the private space firm who launched a continuous stream of attacks on the company.

A number of representatives from the company, including Gwynne Shotwell, the president and chief operating officer, firmly stated that the Falcon 9 rocket used during the classified launch functioned correctly. However, after the launch, several news outlets claimed that the mission was a failure citing unnamed U.S. officials who had been briefed on the mission.

However, lawmakers were still unsatisfied with the chairman of the House Space Subcommittee, Texas Rep. Brian Babin, used the issue with Zuma when questioning SpaceX about the progress of the commercial crew program.

To this, the company stated that they will go through the proper channels, and follow the protocol. However, they did assert that the Falcon 9 rocket performed as specified.

NASA, on the other hand, stated that while they know the details of the mission, they have been informed that they will be involved should any mishap investigation or any other activities are to be carried out regarding the Zuma mission.

However, the unconfirmed nature of the report did not stop SpaceX critics from weaponizing the issue against the company. Publications, particularly far-right ones, slammed the private space for allegedly…

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