SpaceX launches secret Zuma craft for U.S. government


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.

Sunday temperatures will start out in the low 50s near the Cape Canaveral Air Force pad, with colder temperatures further inland.

Last year was a banner year for SpaceX, with 18 launches.

- SpaceX's first launch of the year - a secret satellite codenamed Zuma - lit up the Florida sky Sunday evening, putting on a dramatic show in the process.

Such landings are part of SpaceX's efforts to develop fully reusable rockets, which the company believes could bring down spaceflight costs.

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SpaceX is scheduled to launch a top secret U.S. government spacecraft, known as Zuma, on Sunday.

Watch the live stream from SpaceX below.

According to the theory, both the International Space Station and the NRO satellite were set to fly over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station around the time of the November 2017 launching.

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

SpaceX's next launch from Florida should be the much anticipated test flight of the Falcon Heavy booster.