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How To Watch SpaceX Launch The US Government's Mysterious Zuma Spacecraft Today

08 January 2018

The Falcon 9 rocket is set to blast-off at 8 p.m. ET from the company's launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The company has said it plans to launch roughly 30 missions in 2018 after completing a record 18 a year ago.

But now conditions for the mysterious mission are 80-percent go, weather-wise, in Florida.

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Sunday's launch will also include a landing attempt of the Falcon 9's first stage at Landing Zone 1. This is SpaceX's third classified mission, and arguably its most secretive flight for the U.S. military.

The company's live webcast did not show video coverage of the Zuma spacecraft after it separated from the first stage of the rocket, but confirmed that the fairings deployed and the payload was well on its way to low-Earth orbit.

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Today, Elon Musk's SpaceX will launch "Zuma", a mysterious government spacecraft of unknown objective, on one of its partially-reusable Falcon 9 two-stage rockets from Launch Complex 40 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The Zuma landing marks SpaceX's 21st successful landing.

"As a company, Northrop Grumman realises this is a monumental responsibility and we have taken great care to ensure the most affordable and lowest risk scenario for Zuma", Mr Rains said, declining to comment on the nature of the payload.

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SpaceX just sent a secret government mission to space. 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.

How To Watch SpaceX Launch The US Government's Mysterious Zuma Spacecraft Today