SpaceX Zuma Mission Gallery
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will deliver the Zuma spacecraft to low-Earth orbit in January 2018.
SpaceX is targeting launch of the Zuma spacecraft from Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The launch was postponed on Wednesday and again on Thursday pushing the launch date to Friday. Then SpaceX postponed the launch until 2018. The two-hour launch window opens at 8:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, January 7.
Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage will attempt to land at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Below are some images of the SpaceX Zuma mission.
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The mysterious Zuma spacecraft will launch on Falcon 9, a two-stage rocket designed from the ground up by SpaceX for the reliable and cost-efficient transport of satellites and SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft. As the first rocket completely developed in the 21st century, Falcon 9 was designed from the beginning for maximum reliability. Falcon 9’s simple two-stage configuration minimizes the number of separation events – and with nine first-stage engines, it can safely complete its mission even in the event of an engine shutdown.
The first time SpaceX attempt to launch and land the Falcon 9 first stage at Landing Zone 1 was in Dec. 2015.
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