SpaceX successfully launches secret USA government spacecraft in first mission of 2018

SpaceX will launch ‘most powerful rocket in the world’ this month and with a Tesla on board
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09 January, 2018

Meanwhile, SpaceX ended its launch commentary five minutes into the flight due to the classified nature of the USA satellite.

SpaceX tried multiple times at the end of 2017 to launch Zuma, but weather and issues with the Falcon 9 rocket nose cone created delays moving the targeted launch date into 2018.

- SpaceX's first launch of the year - a secret satellite codenamed Zuma - lit up the Florida sky Sunday evening, putting on a dramatic show in the process.

With Falcon heavy, SpaceX will also attempt to simultaneously land and recover all three of its first-stage rocket cores.

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The lack of basic details surrounding the launch is highly unusual even compared to SpaceX's national-security launches.

Agencies and individuals involved in the Zuma mission continue to be silent about its details even after the payload has already been carried off to space.

SpaceX's live webcast further fuels the mystery surrounding the payload when it intentionally cuts the coverage just when the Falcon 9 was about to deploy the Zuma spacecraft into the low-Earth orbit.

SpaceX's next launch from Florida should be the much anticipated test flight of the Falcon Heavy booster. Just over two minutes later, the first stage separated and began its pre-landing braking burn while the second stage accelerated towards orbit.


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