'Zuma' Will Launch Today, and We Have No Idea What It Is

'Zuma' Will Launch Today, and We Have No Idea What It Is

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) - the government office responsible for operating spy satellites - would typically state when a satellite is theirs but will keep details of the mission secret. The company plans to make a landing on the main body of the rocket to re-use it further.

If successful, it would mark the eighth time the company will have landed at Landing Zone 1. SpaceX will also attempt yet another landing and will guide the rocket's first stage to a landing site at Cape Canaveral.

The launch window at pad 39A opens at 8.m. EST. "Residents of Brevard County are most likely to hear a sonic boom, although what residents' experience will depend on weather conditions and other factors". While Zuma is shrouded in mystery, you can at least watch it leave Earth live via SpaceX's webcast.

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One of the limited bits of available information is that the spacecraft is part of a USA government operation.

"The US Government assigned Northrop Grumman the responsibility of acquiring launch services for this mission", Northrop Grumman's strategic communications director Lon Rains told me in an emailed statement. "Northrop Grumman is proud to be part of the Zuma launch". The main mission of the 45th - which commands Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, both neighbors of KSC - involves helping ensure access to space and supporting a range of American spaceflight efforts. Marco Langbroek, a satellite tracker in the Netherlands, believes Zuma might be working in conjunction with another satellite launched by the same rocket in May.

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