The mission's failure and the reluctance of government authorities to explain about the reason for the failure though has hurt SpaceX, who has taken the space industry by storm.
The satellite launch initiated by SpaceX on January 7 was the company's third classified mission for the United States government.
Shotwell pushed back on reports that seemed to implicate SpaceX with the satellite's demise, saying "information published that is contrary to this statement is categorically false". "Due to the classified nature of the payload, no further comment is possible", said SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell.
SpaceX's new, powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, is at its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, awaiting an engine test-firing.The California-based company aims to launch the Heavy by month's end.
"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", she said. Later, the team will closed the satellite up inside the payload fairing of Falcon 9.
Northrop Grumman provided the satellite, for which government agency it wouldn't say.
However, SpaceX issued a statement clarifying what had transpired during the launch. The mission, backed by the U.S. government, has become the talk of the town because neither the agency behind the liftoff nor the Pentagon are taking responsibility or sharing details about it post the liftoff.
On Sunday night, the SpaceX's launch appeared to go smoothly.
Reporters Sunday night expected confirmation from Northrop Grumman after officials confirmed the Zuma payload's successful launch, but the announcement never came. SpaceX didn't have a failure, Northrop Grumman did.
Falcon Heavy is created to take heavier payloads to higher orbits, opening SpaceX's manifest to new capabilities.
As SpaceX looks to increase its share of defense business, those customers are very much interested in reliability, said Carissa Christensen, chief executive of consulting firm Bryce Space and Technology.