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Elon Musks’s private space agency has said their Falcon 9 rocket operated “correctly” despite the loss of the top secret mission.

SpaceX president Gwynn Shotwell said: “For clarity: after review of all data to date, Falcon 9 did everything correctly on Sunday night.

“If we or others find otherwise based on further review, we will report it immediately.

“Information published that is contrary to this statement is categorically false.

“Due to the classified nature of the payload, no further comment is possible.”

A US official confirmed that the satellite fell back down to Earth crashing somewhere in the Indian Ocean.

It was reported that the “secret spy satellite” failed to maintain its orbit after detaching from SpaceX’s rocket.

The news of the satellite’s demise has been met with a series of statements declining to comment due to the secret nature of the mission.

Private defence firm Northrop Grumman Corp, who built the billion dollar satellite, also made a cryptic comment through a spokesman.

He said: “This is a classified mission. We cannot comment on classified missions.”

When asked for further comment SpaceX said: “We do not comment on missions of this nature, but as of right now reviews of the data indicate Falcon 9 performed nominally.”

The high-profile mission has been branded a failure after the highly sensitive and expensive craft was lost.

During the customary live stream, the feed cut out just before the key second stage of the mission which would launch the satellite into orbit to protect the top secret nature of the Zuma mission.

SpaceX released a statement to say that their Falcon 9 rocket “did everything correctly” during the mission.

The feed cut away from the fairing deployment, which sees the second stage of Falcon 9 and Zuma enter low orbit, to show the first stage rocket landing at Cape Canaveral.

The cut which is bound to send conspiracy theorists wild was announced before the launch due to the sensitive nature of the secret Zuma spacecraft.

Some viewers, however, must have missed the announcement and were confused when the pictures cut away before stage two began.

The lack of information and the secretive nature of the project mean it is unclear whether the Falcon 9 or the Zuma craft were at fault.

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