Technology SpaceX Has Launched the U.S. Government's Secretive 'Zuma' Spacecraft Into Orbit

14:28  08 january  2018
14:28  08 january  2018 Source:   Time

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SpaceX successfully completed its first launch of 2018 Sunday night, sending a highly secretive U . S . government spacecraft into orbit . SpaceX Has Launched the U . S . Government ' s Secretive ' Zuma ' Spacecraft Into Orbit .

and a launch pad switch, SpaceX is finally ready to launch the classified Zuma spacecraft for Northrop Grumman and a shadowy U . S . government MECO will be followed at T+2 minutes and 24 seconds by ignition of the MVac engine on the second stage to push the secretive payload into orbit .

In this handout provided by NASA, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center on June 3, 2017.© Bill Ingalls—NASA/Getty Images In this handout provided by NASA, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center on June 3, 2017.

SpaceX successfully completed its first launch of 2018 Sunday night, sending a highly secretive U.S. government spacecraft into orbit before carrying out an upright landing of the rocket’s first stage.

The classified payload, named Zuma, took off at around 8 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a Falcon 9 rocket and was sent into low-earth orbit. Little is known about the mission’s objectives.

SpaceX cut its live web feed shortly after separation of the payload from the rocket, citing the classified nature of its cargo. After delivery, the live video feed resumed to show the upright landing of the rocket’s first stage, which can be reused in future launches — a key component of the firm’s plan to slash the cost of space flights.

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SpaceX ’ s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Florida’ s Cape Canaveral under a veil of darkness Sunday night, both literally and figuratively with launch occurring at 1:00 UTC Monday morning, carrying into orbit the top-secret Zuma spacecraft which, from a public perspective, has all traits of a black project.

SpaceX kicked off the new year with a mystery-shrouded mission to deliver a government spacecraft , called Zuma , into orbit . After more than a month of delays, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket vaulted toward the skies at 8 p.m. ET Sunday with the secretive payload. It launched from Cape Canaveral Air

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman selected Elon Musk’s SpaceX Technologies to carry out the Zuma launch, according to Bloomberg. Liftoff was originally scheduled for November, but was hit with several delays.

A Northrop Grumman spokesperson told Bloomberg that SpaceX provided the “most affordable and lowest risk scenario for Zuma.” The company has not disclosed which arm of the government it is working on behalf of.

SpaceX completed 18 launches last year, the most it has accomplished in a calendar year. It has said it’s aiming for around 30 missions this year.

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