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How To Watch SpaceX Launch The US Government's Mysterious Zuma Spacecraft Today

08 January, 2018, 04:34 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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This still image from video courtesy of SpaceX shows the launch of SpaceX's secretive U.S. government payload known as Zuma at Cape Canaveral, Florida January 7, 2018.

After a almost two-month delay, the rocket is set to blast off sometime during a two-hour launch window, which opens at 8 p.m.

SpaceX now has 21 successful first-stage touchdowns under its belt, nine of them at Landing Zone 1 and the other 12 on "autonomous spaceport droneships" stationed in the ocean.

It's still unclear where the Zuma mission will be heading.

The current weather forecast predicts an 80 percent chance of favorable launch conditions.

The payload will be delivered to low Earth orbit, per the mission parameters, but we don't know anything else about its objective, design, or intended mission, because it's all classified.

Success on Sunday will clear the way for SpaceX's next launch from Florida, the much anticipated test flight of the Falcon Heavy booster.

SpaceX is expected to kick off the New Year with a mysterious rocket launch.

SpaceX just sent a secret government mission to space.

As usual, SpaceX will stream the launch of the Falcon 9 mission, and the webcast should begin about 15 minutes before the launch window opens.

"The U.S. government asked the aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman to procure a launch vehicle, in this case the Falcon 9, for the Zuma launch", a company spokesperson said in November.

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