SpaceX successfully sends secret 'Zuma' satellite to space

SpaceX successfully sends secret 'Zuma' satellite to space

SpaceX plans to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Few details have been released about the classified mission, known as Zuma, other than it includes a satellite built by Northrop Grumman Corp.

The launch was originally scheduled to take place in November, but was scrubbed due to a rocket fairing issue.

SpaceX now can look forward to its next major test for the year - launching its huge heavy-duty rocket for the first time ever.

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

SpaceX successfully sent something into space for the USA government, and that may be all we'll ever know about the so-called "Zuma" mission that Elon Musk's commercial space company completed from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida Sunday evening.

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Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp successfully launched its first mission of the new year: a classified payload for the United States government into low-earth orbit.

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

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

SpaceX and the Pentagon did not respond to requests for comment about the nature of the mission. SpaceX is expected to cut off its popular live stream early to hide the spacecraft's final destination.

We do know that aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman procured Zuma's launch atop a Falcon 9 for the USA government - but we don't know which agency will operate the satellite, or if its mission is civilian or military.

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