SpaceX is About to Send a Secret Payload to the Unknown

True Story: The US Is Sending 'Zuma' Into Space

The company plans to make a landing on the main body of the rocket to re-use it further.

Grumman, an American military and defense contractor, has confirmed that the USA government asked it to put together the launch, but little is known about the payload.

The launch window at pad 39A opens at 8.m. EST.

Furthermore the two stage 229-foot-tall (70-meter-tall) Falcon 9 rocket was raised to vertical launch position later today Wednesday afternoon November 15 - so everything seems to be in place for a Thursday evening launch attempt.

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The privately-owned space transportation firm SpaceX will launch an orbital payload Thursday, but no one is saying who owns the satellite or what it will do. It will be SpaceX's 17th launch of the year, and the 45th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket since the commercial booster debuted in 2010. It launched a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office in May and an Air Force space plane in September. There are few clues in the launch's mission patch.

Delayed by a day, the Zuma spacecraft is now set to launch on Thursday between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, according to the SpaceX website.

Mysterious CLIO payload shrouded beneath 4-meter-diameter payload fairing in this up close view of the top of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket prior to launch from Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

There is a general feeling within the company that this is an important launch for SpaceX, as it will be the third national security mission, and if successful it would validate the company as a major player to meet the country's military launch needs at a time when the US Congress is pushing the Air Force to rely on US made rocket engines.

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