A senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Laura Grego, showed concern that the satellite might have stopped functioning near the orbit or failed to separate from the rocket during the second half of the mission.
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's Falcon Heavy rocket sits on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center.
SpaceX and the Pentagon did not respond to requests for comment about the nature of the mission.
One possible key to SpaceX's strong defense of its rocket could involve the question of who supplied a key piece of hardware: the payload adapter, which attaches a payload to the rocket. said Northrop Grumman provided the adapter to "mate" Zuma to the Falcon 9. It was noted that the spacecraft does not come loose from the second stage of the Falcon 9 and burned in the atmosphere, or drowned in the ocean. However, the agency confirmed that the Falcon 9 performed as it was supposed to after going through the data review of the mission.
Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX, said Falcon 9 "did everything correctly" in a statement on Tuesday, but added that no further details could be provided because the mission was classified.
Image the second stage of the Falcon 9 in the skies over Sudan appeared on numerous pictures in the network, which indirectly confirms normal operation of the rocket SpaceX.
The next satellite assigned to fly on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has arrived at Cape Canaveral ahead of a planned January 30 liftoff from pad 40 on a previously-flown SpaceX booster. If we or others find otherwise based on further review, we will report it immediately. There is no on-the-record confirmation of the success or failure of the mission.
He noted that USA military's Joint Space Operations Center, which tracks objects in space, did catalog an object designated "payload", meaning something completed at least one orbit.
SpaceX has been rapidly expanding its launch business, which includes NASA, national security and commercial missions.
"The most important issue here is whether the Pentagon will rethink its reliability as a provider of launch services", said Thompson, whose think tank receives funding from Boeing and Lockheed.
SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk's goal is to ideal the technique so that rockets can one day become just as reusable as airplanes, thereby lowering the cost of space travel. In 2017, SpaceX completed 18 launches.
Just before 1 p.m., though, the company postponed the test fire.
SpaceX has pushed back its scheduled test fire of the Falcon Heavy rocket by one day.
According to Shotwell, "Since the data reviewed so far indicates that no design, operational or other changes are needed, we do not anticipate any impact on the upcoming launch schedule". "We are also preparing for an F9 launch for SES and the Luxembourg Government from SLC-40 in three weeks".