SpaceX successfully launches top-secret Zuma spacecraft

Team Vandenberg supported the successful launch of 10 Iridium satellites on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4 Oct. 9 at 5:37 a.m. PDT Vandenberg Air Force Base Calif

SpaceX to launch mysterious Zuma payload Sunday

SpaceX has confirmed they will be attempting to launch a Falcon 9 rocket with the Zuma spacecraft aboard on Sunday. The two-hour launch window begins at 8 p.m. This makes sense given that the relatively low orbit would SpaceX to bring the Falcon 9 first stage in for a landing back on land, rather than a drone ship at sea.

SpaceX will then target a booster landing at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Landing Zone 1. Few details have been released about the classified mission, known as Zuma, other than it includes a satellite built by Northrop Grumman Corp.

Originally scheduled to launch in November, problems with the rocket caused officials to delay plans by several weeks.

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

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The company's first successful Falcon 9 rocket launch of 2018 was also probably the most secretive in the company's history.

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 mission was delayed from 2017, which was a record-breaking year for SpaceX, as the company launched 18 times.

SpaceX and the Pentagon did not respond to requests for comment about the nature of the mission. The Zuma payload was built by Northrop Grumman for the US government, but additional information about the satellite is not available.

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