Mike D. Rogers

Lawmakers look into SpaceX launch that ended with lost satellite

Lawmakers look into SpaceX launch that ended with lost satellite

Lawmakers said they will receive classified briefings on a secret U.S. government satellite that apparently crashed into the sea after it was launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

“The first statement by SpaceX was that the failure to achieve orbit was not theirs,” so there’s no reason so far to question the company’s planned participation in NASA space projects, Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida — a former astronaut and the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transport Committee — said Wednesday before being briefed.

SpaceX and Boeing Co. are partners in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which aims to revive human spaceflights from Nelson’s state.

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