SpaceX to launch mysterious Zuma spacecraft from Cape Canaveral

08 January, 2018, 04:38 | Author: Carmen Reese
  • Falcon 9

The two-hour launch window opens at 8pm ET.

The deployment of the satellite was followed by the successful landing of the Falcon 9 first stage at the nearby landing zone at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Another launch attempt was set for January 4, but the bomb cyclone that brought heavy snow and winds to much of the East Coast last week further delayed the mysterious mission. The launch was originally scheduled for late November, but was repeatedly delayed.

The current weather forecast predicts an 80 percent chance of favorable launch conditions.

SpaceX lofted the super-secret Zuma spacecraft for the US government tonight (Jan. 8), successfully executing a mission that also featured yet another landing by the first stage of the company's Falcon 9 rocket.

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The webcast of the launch did not follow the second stage carrying the payload after it separated from the first stage.

SpaceX has confirmed they will be attempting to launch a Falcon 9 rocket with the Zuma spacecraft aboard on Sunday.

SpaceX is expected to kick off the New Year with a mysterious rocket launch. Just what that business may be is unclear; little has been revealed about the payload.

Aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman was responsible for securing SpaceX's launch services for the Zuma mission. SpaceX has done classified launches for the Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office before, but this is the first time that the name of the government agency behind the spacecraft being launched is not even known.

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