On Sunday, SpaceX launched its first rocket of the year. During the company’s webcast of the liftoff, everything seemed to go without a hitch. The second stage of the rocket headed toward orbit as the booster returned to land at Cape Canaveral. But on Monday, word started spreading that something went very wrong with this highly classified mission, code-named “Zuma.”
Northrop Grumman Corporation built the satellite, and the customer was the United States government. But beyond that, we don’t know much. Zuma is presumed to be some sort of spy satellite. We don’t even know which federal agency hired Northrop Grumman to build it.