Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is a commercial company aiming to launch cargo, and eventually people, to low-Earth orbit. The firm is developing its Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 booster under contracts from NASA's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program and its Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.
A pair of spectacular images of an ethereal spiral in the night sky may actually show the upper stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket after it launched a secret satellite for the U.S. government.
A report by the Wall Street Journal suggests the secret Zuma satellite launched by SpaceX Sunday night (Jan. 7) has failed. But SpaceX's president Gwynne Shotwell says the Falcon 9 rocket did its job.