SpaceX launches secret Zuma mission aboard Falcon 9 rocket

Elon Musk has announced SpaceX will launch'the world's most powerful rocket later this month with his own electric car on board. The Falcon Heavy'megarocket  will fire beyond orbit from the former Apollo 11 moon rocket launchpad at the Kenn

The first Space Coast launch of the year, a classified mission, is set to take place Sunday, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

SpaceX is slated to launch the top-secret government mission Zuma from Cape Canaveral Sunday night.

Falcon 9 successfully took off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, with a two-hour primary launch window opening on January 7 at 8:00 p.m.

Zuma is a USA government payload delivered by Northrop Gruman, but its objective is classified.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX has launched a secret satellite codenamed Zuma on its first flight of the new year.

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The lack of basic details surrounding the launch is highly unusual even compared to SpaceX's national-security launches. A few minutes later the first-stage of the Falcon 9 rocket booster successfully landed at LZ-1, or Landing Zone 1. It was similar to - but still slightly different than - the exhaust plume that startled many California residents after a west coast launch late a year ago.

Northrop Grumman provided the satellite, for which government agency it wouldn't say.

Sometime early this year, the Falcon Heavy is set to launch a Arabsat satellite built by Lockheed.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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