SpaceX to launch top-secret Zuma Sunday


Sunday's launch will also include a landing attempt of the Falcon 9's first stage at Landing Zone 1.

A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the secretive Zuma spacecraft will lift off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Sunday night.

As usual, SpaceX will stream the launch of the Falcon 9 mission, and the webcast should begin about 15 minutes before the launch window opens.

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"There is the possibility that residents of Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Voluisa counties may hear one or more sonic booms during the landing attempt". The Zuma landing marks SpaceX's 21st successful landing.

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It's SpaceX's third classified launch for the USA government, this one taking place under a deal with defense contractor Northrop Grumman.

"Northrop Grumman is proud to be a part of the Zuma launch".

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

The spokesperson also said that Zuma is heading to low-Earth orbit. SpaceX has confirmed that its rocket, and the undisclosed national security payload, are ready for launch, and weather conditions appear to be generally favorable. That office has not claimed this payload.

SpaceX lofted the super-secret Zuma spacecraft for the USA government tonight (Jan. 8), successfully executing a mission that also featured yet another landing by the first stage of the company's Falcon 9 rocket.