SpaceX scheduled to test fire Falcon Heavy rocket Thursday

SpaceX's three-core 27-engine Falcon Heavy launch vehicle sits on pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in December 2017

The Falcon's first stage completed its job, lifting the rocket off the pad and toward space, then separated and landed back at Cape Canaveral. However, the officials from SpaceX emphasized that their probe wasn't to criticize for the reported loss of the mysterious payload of US government, after the takeoff on Sunday.

Northrop Grumman, the satellite's manufacturer, said it could not comment on a classified mission. As reports began to bubble Monday that the Zuma satellite may have plunged back toward Earth, the company issued a statement: "We do not comment on missions of this nature; but, as of right now, reviews of the data indicate Falcon 9 performed nominally".

"If we or others find otherwise based on further review, we will report it immediately", Shotwell added.

The new rocket gives the Hawthorne space company heavy-lift capability, meaning SpaceX could hoist massive satellites for commercial customers or lucrative national security missions.

Also, the future flights of SpaceX will remain scheduled as they were. However, SpaceX made a decision to delay the launch to deal with some issues regarding the payload fairing (nose cone). However, SpaceX censored critical portions of the launch, including the separation of the nose cone surrounding the top-secret Zuma satellite, and the satellite's actual deployment into earth's orbit.

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SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell weighed in on the mystery in a statement emailed to Gizmodo.

While the authorities are refraining from discussing the fate of Zuma mission, SpaceX is planning on increasing the feasibility of the rockets to make it reusable like airplanes which can significantly decrease the cost incurred during any mission. "Falcon Heavy has been rolled out to launch pad LC-39A for a static fire later this week, to be followed shortly thereafter by its maiden flight". A spokesperson for the huge defense contractor declined to comment on Zuma after Sunday night's launch. SpaceX has a six-hour window - from 1 p.m.to 7 p.m. - to fuel and test the 230-foot-tall rocket. Currently, SpaceX is facing fierce competition from ULA, a launch provider operated by Boeing and Lockheed Martin, both of which have long relationships with various elements of the USA government.

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.

On the other hand, ArsTechnica notes that the fairing for Zuma was also supplied by Northrop Grumman.

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