Watch SpaceX launch the mysterious 'Zuma' spacecraft

Watch SpaceX launch the mysterious 'Zuma' spacecraft

1st stage accomplished successful ground landing at the Cape nine minutes later.

SpaceX is slated to launch a top-secret government mission from Cape Canaveral Thursday night and even if you don't see it, you'll likely hear it.

SpaceX is targeting a two-hour window that opens at 8 p.m.to launch the mysterious mission codenamed "Zuma", which Northrop Grumman has confirmed is a "U.S. government" payload. The launch is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST Wednesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

SpaceX and the Pentagon did not respond to requests for comment about the nature of the mission. "Teams will use the extra day to conduct some additional mission assurance work in advance of launch".




Launch Window: 10 p.m.

Furthermore the two stage 229-foot-tall (70-meter-tall) Falcon 9 rocket was raised to vertical launch position later today Wednesday afternoon November 15 - so everything seems to be in place for a Thursday evening launch attempt. Why it absolutely needs to be in position by the end of this month isn't clear, though - not when we know next to nothing about the mission.

So quite naturally we're all curious for any nugget of information from which we might draw some reasonable conclusions based on the scientific method of analysis. There are few clues in the launch's mission patch. One is the moment when the rocket lands back on Earth, and the other is the moment when the payload successfully separates in space. Landing Zone 1 is built on the former site of Space Launch Complex 13, a Cold War-Era U.S. Air Force rocket and missile testing range last used in 1978.

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