Watch SpaceX Launch "Secret Payload" Known Only as Zuma

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The company plans to make a landing on the main body of the rocket to re-use it further.

The launch was brokered by defense contractor Northrop Grumman on behalf of the US government. Meet Zuma, the United States government's mystery satellite and the latest player in a global race to protect national security in space.

"SpaceX is now targeting Thursday, Nov. 16 for launch of the Zuma mission", said SpaceX spokesman John Tayor. Space.com notes that such mystery is unusual even if Zuma is a spy satellite or satellite that will be used for national security. The payload was developed by Northrup Grumman, and has the mysterious name "Zuma", which sounds similar to a carbonated, alcoholic beverage briefly popular in the 1990s, Zima.

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SpaceX has delayed the Zuma launch again. SpaceX

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. The aerospace corporation test-fired a Falcon 9 rocket on November 11th with the intention of launching the mission on the 15th. There are few clues in the launch's mission patch. In September a Falcon 9 rocket launched the Air Force's secretive X-37B "spaceplane" into orbit. Weather conditions appear to be near ideal for a launch Thursday.

After liftoff, SpaceX will attempt to return the first stage portion of its Falcon 9 rocket to Earth for a controlled landing on solid ground near Cape Canaveral. The launch is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST Wednesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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A stylus called the "Apple Pencil" was also reported to be in progress and is expected to launch along with the new tablet. Cybersecurity experts said the issue was not so much whether Face ID could be hacked, but how much effort a hack required.

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