2018 in spaceflight
The U.S. government's highly classified Zuma satellite is reportedly lost after being launched by SpaceX on a Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Northrop Grumman, who built the satellite, and SpaceX have both refused to confirm the mission's failure due to its classified nature.
Dow Jones reported that federal lawmakers had been briefed about the apparent destruction of the secretive payload — code-named Zuma.
Los Angeles Times
SpaceX successfully launches Spanish communications satellite Hispasat 30W-6 into orbit on a Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. 2018-03-6 (Context: 2018 in spaceflight, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Falcon 9 Full Thrust, SpaceX)
SpaceX successfully launches Japanese communication satellite JCSAT-16 into geostationary orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket used to place the satellite in orbit successfully landed on an autonomous spaceport drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. 2016-08-14 (Context: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Falcon 9 Full Thrust, SpaceX)
NASA confirms that Scott Tilley, a Canadian amateur astronomer and satellite tracker, has rediscovered NASA's IMAGE (Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration) satellite while he was searching for the U.S. government's classified Zuma satellite. NASA engineers will try to analyze the data from the spacecraft to learn more about the state of the spacecraft. 2018-02-1 (Context: 2018 in spaceflight, Zuma)
SpaceX conducts the first static fire test of the Falcon Heavy rocket ahead of its maiden flight with Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster as a dummy payload. 2018-01-24 (Context: 2018 in spaceflight, SpaceX)
SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket at Cape Canaveral, Florida, to supersynchronous orbit an Airbus-built communications satellite SES-11 for Luxembourg-based SES, and EchoStar 105 for U.S.-headquartered EchoStar. It's the third time when a Falcon 9 first stage is re-used. 2017-10-11 (Context: Falcon 9 Full Thrust, SpaceX)