SpaceX launches secret Zuma mission aboard Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX shows the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral Fla. for the
SpaceX launches secret Zuma mission aboard Falcon 9 rocket

09 January, 2018

SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida's Kennedy Space Center this evening, carrying a secretive USA government payload known as "Zuma" to low-Earth orbit. The first launch this year carried a special payload - Zuma, a secretive spacecraft commissioned by the US government for an undisclosed mission.

Zuma is a Northrop Grumman Corporation-made spacecraft, and it was sent into low-Earth orbit. Those numbers are much warmer than the 30 degrees temperatures forecasted for the Friday launch window by U.S. Air Force weather officials earlier in the week.

The first Space Coast launch of the year, a classified mission, is set to take place Sunday, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

The lack of basic details surrounding the launch is highly unusual even compared to SpaceX's national-security launches. The NRO also wouldn't reveal further details about the satellite or its orbit. Boeing eased 0.4%, and Lockheed Martin (LMT), whose United Launch Alliance joint venture with Boeing provides launch services for the Pentagon, dipped 0.3%. The news has been announced by founder Elon Musk. But the company continued to broadcast the return of the first-stage booster to Cape Canaveral, where it landed upright as part of a recycling effort.

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The mission, code named "Zuma", is a Falcon-9 rocket launch, but it is unclear what the rocket is carrying.

SpaceX is now looking towards its next challenge, launching the Falcon Heavy, its largest rocket to date.

Falcon Heavy was vertical on the Kennedy Space Center launch pad 39A last week for the first time.

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