Secret SpaceX 'Zuma' launch scheduled for Sunday

SpaceX Launch

SpaceX has confirmed that its rocket, and the undisclosed national security payload, are ready for launch, and weather conditions appear to be generally favorable.

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

SpaceX launched Zuma from its SLC-40 launch facility at Cape Canaveral in Florida, which was used instead of its other launch facility at Cape Canaveral because that was being employed for preparations for the launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket.

SpaceX successfully sent something into space for the United States government, and that may be all we'll ever know about the so-called "Zuma" mission that Elon Musk's commercial space company completed from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida Sunday evening.

The booster's two stages separated 2 minutes and 19 seconds into flight.

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About 8 minutes later, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket came in for a handsome night landing at a launch pad back at the Cape.

The rocket, carrying its secret payload called "Zuma", lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Aside from its name, little is known about the payload.

"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. But Sunday's launch is perhaps the company's most secretive yet.

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

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