Secretive SpaceX Launch Code-Named 'Zuma' Rescheduled for November 16, 2017

Secretive SpaceX Launch Code-Named 'Zuma' Rescheduled for November 16, 2017

Secretive SpaceX Launch Code-Named 'Zuma' Rescheduled for November 16, 2017

Although the public has many questions about the payload-codenamed "Zuma"-those working on the mission have supplied limited information". Northrop Grumman, a defense contract company, announced that it is involved in the launch, but their exact role is unclear, according to Space.com.

"SpaceX is now targeting Thursday, Nov. 16 for launch of the Zuma mission", said SpaceX spokesman John Tayor. "Teams will use the extra day to conduct some additional mission assurance work in advance of launch".

A two-hour launch window for the company, which plans to launch a secretive spacecraft known only as Zuma, will open at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Why it absolutely needs to be in position by the end of this month isn't clear, though - not when we know next to nothing about the mission. Meet Zuma, the U.S. government's mystery satellite and the latest player in a global race to protect national security in space.

SpaceX Falcon 9 stands erect at sunrise with KoreaSat5A DTH TV commercial comsat atop Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, FL, poised for Halloween eve liftoff on 30 Oct 2017.

Zuma satellite mission patch. Credit SpaceX  Northrop Grumman
Zuma satellite mission patch. Credit SpaceX Northrop Grumman

Elon Musk's SpaceX is set to launch yet another satellite, but details surrounding the launch remain a mystery.

Here's what we know: the satellite is operated by the United States government, not the National Reconnaissance Office, which operates most spy satellites but says Zuma isn't its baby. SpaceX will also attempt yet another landing and will guide the rocket's first stage to a landing site at Cape Canaveral.

The Falcon 9 rocket's first stage will return to landing at Landing Zone-1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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