SpaceX set to launch secretive 'Zuma' spacecraft with classified U.S. government payload

09 January, 2018, 01:59 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Elon Musk has announced SpaceX will launch'the world's most powerful rocket later this month with his own electric car on board.┬áThe Falcon Heavy'megarocket  will fire beyond orbit from the former Apollo 11 moon rocket launchpad at the Kenn

SpaceX has launched a secret satellite codenamed Zuma on its first flight of the new year.

The mission, only known as Zuma, was set for Thursday, pushed back to Friday and then again into the weekend.

A reason for the most recent delay was not given, reports Florida Today.

It's SpaceX's third classified launch for the USA government, this one taking place under a deal with defense contractor Northrop Grumman. SpaceX has also flown other sensitive cargo for the USA, including the Air Force's X-37B spaceplane.

If all goes according to plan the Falcon Heavy will lift off and enter orbit before two of its booster rockets separate and return to Earth at Cape Canaveral in controlled landings. The centre core of the rocket will then separate from the main module
SpaceX set to launch secretive 'Zuma' spacecraft with classified U.S. government payload

Saturday's launch forecast showed weather conditions holding at 80 percent "go" for Sunday's launch. The Falcon 9 rocket will now deliver the satellite into orbit. Residents can expect to hear a sonic boom about eight minutes after launch.

Last year, SpaceX carried out 18 successful launches, the highest in any calendar year.

With Falcon heavy, SpaceX will also attempt to simultaneously land and recover all three of its first-stage rocket cores. And as soon as April, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy will be used in the U.S. Air Force's Space Test Program-2 mission, which is comprised of military and scientific research satellites.

When: Sunday, between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. 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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