Well it’s more fun and less controversial than other topics on the forum right now. Apparently Zuma has been lost after it failed to deploy from the payload mating adaptor(PMA) on Stage 2 of the falcon 9.
For anyone not following Zuma, it’s been a pretty interesting development since its entrance into the public eye around August. Based on appearances, Northop Gruman filed “Zuma”(For an unknown gov agency) for launch based on urgency, stealing the CRS-13 first stage core and bumping it to be used on a reused core, to launch as soon as possible in November. The launch was delayed until yesterday based on “fairing issues.”
After an apparently successful launch and 2 hours in orbit, stage 2 completed it’s deorbit burn and vented fuel. Today, it was reported that Zuma failed to deploy. NG built the PMA for for Zuma and performed the mating operation, so if the launch failed as advertised the fault would lay with NG.
At this point it’s pretty easy to put your tin foil hat on and it becomes really fun to speculate.
photo credit to /u/johnkphotos on reddit. Been seeing his photos pop up for a couple years now and it’s been really cool to watch him get better at it.