SpaceX to launch mysterious Zuma payload Sunday

08 January, 2018, 04:34 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
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"Three, two, one, ignition and liftoff", said a SpaceX commentator as the Falcon 9 rocket launched under cover of darkness from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 8pm (0100 GMT Monday).

A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the secretive Zuma spacecraft will lift off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Sunday night. SpaceX is expected to cut off its popular live stream early to hide the spacecraft's final destination.

Launch attempt of SpaceX Zuma mission.

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But we still don't know what it sent to space before coming back home.

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

It's still unclear where the Zuma mission will be heading.

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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.

SpaceX now has 21 successful first-stage touchdowns under its belt, nine of them at Landing Zone 1 and the other 12 on "autonomous spaceport droneships" stationed in the ocean. That office has not claimed this payload.

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According to industry publication Spaceflight Now, the PAN and CLIO missions were unclaimed at launch, but it was revealed later that PAN was used to listen in on communications above the Middle East by the National Security Agency.

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