Watch SpaceX launch a secret mission-codename: Zuma-into space tonight
17 November, 2017, 01:52 | Author: Rolando Keller
Federal contractor Northrop Grumman arranged the launch with SpaceX on behalf of the government, presumably to help preserve the restricted nature of the mission. The webcast below should begin about 15 minutes before the launch window opens. This means no further information will be made available about the mission's goal.
Since earning certification from the Air Force to launch national security payloads-typically spy satellites and military communications satellites-SpaceX has flown two military missions. "Now targeting November 16 for launch - rocket and payload remain healthy‚ and the teams will use the extra day to conduct additional mission assurance work".
However we don't know anything about the "Zuma" payloads characteristics and vital statistics - despite the seemingly endless leaks streaming out of Washington these days.
Northrop Grumman on #SpaceX Zuma launch: "This represents a cost effective approach to space access for government missions".
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SpaceX tweeted an update about the impending launch.
Elon Musk's rocket company will be sending a mysterious payload known only as "Zuma" into low earth orbit from Cape Canaveral.
Just about all that is known about Zuma is that it's going to help the U.S. government do. something.
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