Secret SpaceX 'Zuma' launch scheduled for Sunday

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Today, Elon Musk's SpaceX will launch "Zuma", a mysterious government spacecraft of unknown objective, on one of its partially-reusable Falcon 9 two-stage rockets from Launch Complex 40 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Zuma's launch was delayed two months for what SpaceX called "fairing testing," referring to the part of its rockets that house the payload, and a few additional days after extreme weather hit the East Coast.

SpaceX ended launch commentary five minutes into the flight, due to the classified nature of the USA satellite.

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The company's first successful Falcon 9 rocket launch of 2018 was also probably the most secretive in the company's history. The company has said it plans to launch roughly 30 missions in 2018 after completing a record 18 previous year. That would place Zuma near the others once in orbit, perhaps not by coincidence. SpaceX is edging ever closer to the first launch of Falcon Heavy, and the last thing it needed was a problem with a (mostly) routine mission.

SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk's goal is to ideal the technique so that rockets can one day become just as reusable as airplanes, thereby lowering the cost of space travel. It's aiming for more this year.

While it isn't exactly clear what the Zuma mission is or precisely who it's for, we do have some clues.

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The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday night, carrying the satellite toward an undisclosed orbit.

The booster's two stages separated 2 minutes and 19 seconds into flight.

The 45th Space Wing on Tuesday is scheduled to deliver its year-ahead forecast of local launch activity to the National Space Club Florida Committee. It wasn't until earlier in January that the company was able to confirm a hard time or date for the launch.

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