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SpaceX to launch top-secret Zuma Sunday

09 January 2018

Last night's launch is SpaceX's first of the year and its 20th first stage landing to date. The Zuma payload was built by Northrop Grumman for the USA government, but additional information about the satellite is not available.

The payload will be delivered to low Earth orbit, per the mission parameters, but we don't know anything else about its goal, design, or intended mission, because it's all classified.

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 news has been announced by founder Elon Musk.

Falcon 9 successfully took off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, with a two-hour primary launch window opening on January 7 at 8:00 p.m. Such landings are vital to the company as they are being performed to improve the development of its reusable rockets. Originally planned for a November 2017 launch, the mysterious Zuma mission was delayed due to issues with the Falcon 9 payload fairing.

Sometime early this year, the Falcon Heavy is set to launch a Arabsat satellite built by Lockheed.

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