SpaceX Launches Secret Zuma Mission for US Government, Lands Rocket

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Zuma's launch was delayed two months for what SpaceX called "fairing testing," referring to the part of its rockets that house the payload, and a few additional days after extreme weather hit the East Coast.

The mission, code named "Zuma", is a Falcon-9 rocket launch, but it is unclear what the rocket is carrying.

But now conditions for the mysterious mission are 80-percent go, weather-wise, in Florida. Falcon 9 rocket will return to Landing Zone 1 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This is SpaceX's third classified mission, and arguably its most secretive flight for the USA military.

SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida's Kennedy Space Center this evening, carrying a secretive USA government payload known as "Zuma" to low-Earth orbit.

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The booster's two stages separated 2 minutes and 19 seconds into flight. The Zuma landing marks SpaceX's 21st successful landing. But Sunday's launch is perhaps the company's most secretive yet.

After launch, SpaceX returned the tall portion of the Falcon 9 rocket to an upright landing at Cape Canaveral. Although a launch date has not been set, it is likely to occur in late January or early February.

Launch attempt of SpaceX Zuma mission. SpaceX has done classified launches for the Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office before, but this is the first time that the name of the government agency behind the spacecraft being launched is not even known.

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