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SpaceX to launch super secret 'Zuma' payload Thursday

SpaceX to launch super secret 'Zuma' payload Thursday

1st stage accomplished successful ground landing at the Cape nine minutes later.

The US government will be launching Zuma into space on Thursday. This means no further information will be made available about the mission's goal. It's existence was basically only revealed in general because it was found in regulatory findings, and we also know that defense contractor Northrop Grumman brokered the launch with SpaceX on behalf oF the U.S. Government. It extends for two full hours until 10 a.m. EST. "Teams will use the extra day to conduct some additional mission assurance work in advance of launch".

Launch Time: 8 p.m.

Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete-targeting November 15 launch of Zuma from Pad 39A in Florida. But the most interesting part of the mission might be the payload itself - dubbed "Zuma", we know nearly nothing else about the mysterious spacecraft.

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So quite naturally we're all curious for any nugget of information from which we might draw some reasonable conclusions based on the scientific method of analysis.

Zuma satellite mission patch. One is the moment when the rocket lands back on Earth, and the other is the moment when the payload successfully separates in space.

If all goes according to plan, Zuma will now lift off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Friday from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, during a window that opens at 8 p.m. EST (0100 GMT on November 18).

Elon Musk's SpaceX is launching a secret U.S. government payload into space atop a Falcon 9 rocket - known only by its codename 'Zuma'.

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