SpaceX to launch Zuma spacecraft, most secretive mission to date

SpaceX to launch Zuma spacecraft, most secretive mission to date

SpaceX to launch Zuma spacecraft, most secretive mission to date

Falcon 9 rocket will return to Landing Zone 1 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Today, Elon Musk's SpaceX will launch "Zuma", a mysterious government spacecraft of unknown objective, on one of its partially-reusable Falcon 9 two-stage rockets from Launch Complex 40 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch was originally scheduled for November 2017, but the mission was delayed so SpaceX could review data from a fairing test. 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 exact time of the launch has yet to be set, though SpaceX has set a two-hour window beginning at 12 AEDT.

The current weather forecast predicts an 80 percent chance of favorable launch conditions. The Zuma landing marks SpaceX's 21st successful landing.

The launch is SpaceX's first in what is expected to be a busy year.

SpaceX to launch Zuma spacecraft, most secretive mission to date

Although we don't know what the Zuma payload is for, it does resemble two other missions in recent memory, and suggests this may be for an even more secret agency.

SpaceX just sent a secret government mission to space.

It's SpaceX's third classified launch for the USA government, this one taking place under a deal with defense contractor Northrop Grumman. SpaceX is expected to cut off its popular live stream early to hide the spacecraft's final destination.


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