1st stage accomplished successful ground landing at the Cape nine minutes later. In SpaceX's official mission overview for today's launch, Zuma is mentioned only as the name of the mission and the spacecraft to be launched. Although the public has many questions about the payload-codenamed "Zuma"-those working on the mission have supplied limited information". Federal contractor Northrop Grumman arranged the launch with SpaceX on behalf of the government, presumably to help preserve the restricted nature of the mission. The aerospace corporation test-fired a Falcon 9 rocket on November 11th with the intention of launching the mission on the 15th.
"SpaceX is now targeting Thursday, Nov. 16 for launch of the Zuma mission", said SpaceX spokesman John Tayor.
Launch Time: 8 p.m.
Zuma has a two-hour launch window for its flight from Kennedy Space Center.
"Both Falcon 9 and the payload remain healthy", representatives said of the now Thursday night mission from pad 39A. But the most interesting part of the mission might be the payload itself - dubbed "Zuma", we know nearly nothing else about the mysterious spacecraft.
After pushing Zuma towards orbit, the Falcon 9 booster will attempt to return home and land ashore at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Landing Zone 1.
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The launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled from Cape Canaveral, Florida, sometime between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. (0100 GMT and 0300 GMT Friday).