SpaceX to launch Zuma spacecraft, most secretive mission to date

SpaceX to launch Zuma spacecraft, most secretive mission to date

While it isn't exactly clear what the Zuma mission is or precisely who it's for, we do have some clues.

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

SpaceX will then target a booster landing at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Landing Zone 1.

SpaceX yesterday blasted off a secretive United States government payload known as Zuma, a mission whose nature - and the agency behind it - remains a mystery.

The company's live webcast did not show video coverage of the Zuma spacecraft after it separated from the first stage of the rocket, but confirmed that the fairings deployed and the payload was well on its way to low-Earth orbit.




All that is publicly known about the Zuma payload is that it is a satellite manufactured for the U.S. government by Northrop Grumman, and it is bound for low-Earth orbit. It wasn't until earlier in January that the company was able to confirm a hard time or date for the launch.

After a record 18 launches in 2017, this mission will be SpaceX's first flight of the new year.

SpaceX just sent a secret government mission to space.

If all goes according to plan, the mission will be SpaceX's first launch of 2018.

We do know that aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman procured Zuma's launch atop a Falcon 9 for the USA government - but we don't know which agency will operate the satellite, or if its mission is civilian or military.

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