SpaceX’s Mysterious Zuma Mission To Launch in 2018.

The SpaceX Zuma mission is scheduled to launch from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station no earlier than (NET) January 4, 2018. As you might remember, the Zuma mission was added to last years launch manifest without much notice and has been very secretive. All that we know about the payload is, Northrop Grumman built the satellite for the government and that no government agency has claimed the spacecraft which adds to the mystery. 

Official SpaceX Zuma Mission Patch
SpaceX Zuma Mission Logo. Credit: SpaceX

Launching a-top a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX will have a two-hour window that opens at 8:00 PM and closes at 10:00 PM EST to launch the top-secret payload for the unknown government agency. Following the launch, SpaceX will attempt to land the Falcon 9 first stage at landing zone 1 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, just a few miles south of launch complex 40. 

View images from this top-secret mission on our mission gallery page.


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