SpaceX to launch top-secret Zuma Sunday

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SpaceX to launch top-secret Zuma Sunday

SpaceX has successfully launched its first mission of 2018, after capping a record year last year in 2017 with 18 total launches.

SpaceX has confirmed they will be attempting to launch a Falcon 9 rocket with the Zuma spacecraft aboard on Sunday.

A reason for the most recent delay was not given, reports Florida Today. The Zuma payload was built by Northrop Grumman for the USA government, but additional information about the satellite is not available. SpaceX has also flown other sensitive cargo for the USA, including the Air Force's X-37B spaceplane.

X What little is known about the Zuma satellite is that Northrop made it for a government customer and was launched into low Earth orbit, where the International Space Station, reconnaissance, weather and communications satellites reside.

"There is the possibility that residents of Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Voluisa counties may hear one or more sonic booms during the landing attempt". It's aiming for more this year, including the debut of the Falcon Heavy - a triple-core version of the Falcon 9 that will have all 27 engines firing at launch. Zuma will be the first before the company premiers its new Falcon Heavy rocket, sometime later in January.

When: Sunday, between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

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