Highly Classified Satellite Fell Into the Ocean After It Failed to Reach Orbit Following SpaceX Launch

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Jan. 7, 2018. The rocket is carrying a classified payload for the US Government.

A highly classified satellite launched by SpaceX this weekend ended up plummeting into the Indian Ocean, a U.S. official confirmed to ABC News.

Following its launch from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Sunday night, the satellite, codenamed Zuma, failed to remain in orbit, the official said.

Northrop Grumman, the defense contractor that manufactured the payload — reportedly a billion-dollar spy satellite — told ABC News its mission is classified and declined to comment on the loss of the satellite.

But SpaceX suggested that it was not at fault, telling ABC News its rocket, named Falcon 9, “did everything correctly.”

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SOURCE: ABC News, Luis Martinez, Erin Dooley and Gina Sunseri