SpaceX successfully launches Zuma mission for USA government

SpaceX successfully launches Zuma mission for USA government

The exact time of the launch has yet to be set, though SpaceX has set a two-hour window beginning at 12 AEDT.

After a almost two-month delay, the rocket is set to blast off sometime during a two-hour launch window, which opens at 8 p.m. Earlier this week additional propellant loading tests contributed to further delays, as did "extreme weather" at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida-mostly gusty winds.

Originally planned for a November launch, the mysterious Zuma mission may finally go to space on Sunday evening.

SpaceX lofted the super-secret Zuma spacecraft for the US 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.

The Falcon 9 rocket will carry Zuma, a USA government spacecraft, into low-Earth orbit.

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The booster's two stages separated 2 minutes and 19 seconds into flight.

After a record 18 launches in 2017, this mission will be SpaceX's first flight of the new year. Just what that business may be is unclear; little has been revealed about the payload.

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

SpaceX has launched national security payloads in the past, including a spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office, and an X-37B space plane for the US Air Force. But Sunday's launch is perhaps the company's most secretive yet.

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