SpaceX Falcon 9 Will Launch Classified Zuma Payload This Evening.

If you are in the Space Coast area or if the skies are clear enough and live in the Central Florida area, look up tonight as SpaceX attempts to launch the classified Zuma payload from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Official SpaceX Zuma payload Mission Patch
Offical SpaceX Zuma Mission Patch. Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX will finally launch the mysterious and classified payload for an unknown customer, most likely a government agency today, January 7th, 2018 from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. If everything goes as planned, and the weather is good, SpaceX has a launch window from 8:00 – 10:00 PM. 

Night launches always put on an outstanding show and photographers enjoy these nighttime launches, as it allows for amazing long exposure rocket streak images. Below are some rocket streak images we have captured over the many years. 

SpaceX will also attempt to land the Falcon 9 first stage back to landing zone 1, south of launch pad 40. Not only will the launch make for a great streak image, but the landing will also provide a unique photograph. You can see the only 360-degree picture of the Falcon 9 rocket launch and land back in Dec 2015 below. 

The Falcon 9 first stage landing is scheduled to take place 7 minutes and 51 seconds after launch.

Click on the “play” button to view the 360-degree VR image. You can look all around the photo. Click on the link below the image to view a higher resolution version of the virtual reality image.

 ULA Atlas V launches the OA-6 mission 360-degree VR long exposure image. Click the link to view high-resolution images.

 Falcon 9 lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and then lands at LZ-1 for the first time in Dec. 2015. Click the link to view high-resolution images. 

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

We will be posting our images over on our Zuma Media Gallery Page.


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