SpaceX launches secret Zuma craft for United States government

09 Enero, 2018, 01:23 | Author: Enrique Watson
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The first Space Coast launch of the year, a classified mission, is set to take place Sunday, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

This launch has been delayed previously, in part due to weather, but the launch window opened again this evening at 5 p.m.

The company, founded by the Tesla chief, launched the mysterious Zuma satellite aboard one of its Falcon 9 rockets last night from the Cape Canaveral spaceport in Florida, reports Alphr. The first launch this year carried a special payload - Zuma, a secretive spacecraft commissioned by the US government for an undisclosed mission.

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

This launch also included a recovery of the first stage booster used with the Falcon 9, which returned to Cape Canaveral and landed at its LZ-1 landing pad after deploying and separating from the second stage. Residents can expect to hear a sonic boom about eight minutes after launch. SpaceX has launched a secret satellite codenamed Zuma on its first flight of the new year.

SpaceX is kicking off the New Year with a long list of launches on its manifest. If and when it blasts off, the Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful rocket to fly since the Saturn V of moon race fame.

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