Watch SpaceX Launch "Secret Payload" Known Only as Zuma

SpaceX postpones launch of secretive Zuma mission

Meet Zuma, the U.S. government's mystery satellite and the latest player in a global race to protect national security in space.

Northrop Grumman arranged to launch the Zuma payload with SpaceX on behalf of the USA government, but no other details about the mission have been disclosed.

Since earning certification from the Air Force to launch national security payloads-typically spy satellites and military communications satellites-SpaceX has flown two military missions. This means no further information will be made available about the mission's goal.

"The Zuma payload is a restricted payload".

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"Both Falcon 9 and the payload remain healthy; teams will use the extra day to conduct some additional mission assurance work in advance of launch". While SpaceX has launched a number of mysterious payloads such as this, we've always known where they're coming from, be it the US Air Force or the National Reconnaissance Office. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, November 16, 2017, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Zuma satellite mission patch.

Zuma marks the 17th mission of the year for SpaceX and, if successful, the 20th landing of a Falcon 9 first stage since 2015. Weather conditions appear to be near ideal for a launch Thursday.

If all goes according to plan, Zuma will now lift off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Friday from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, during a window that opens at 8 p.m. EST (0100 GMT on November 18). The launch is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST Wednesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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