05 Jan '18, 10pm

SpaceX to Launch NRO's Secret 'Zuma' Payload

SpaceX to Launch NRO's Secret 'Zuma' Payload

The U.S. National Reconnaissance Office is poised to launch a secret payload, code-name Zuma, this weekend on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, if the weather doesn't get in the way. California-based SpaceX, headed by Elon Musk, announced via Twitter the launch -- which has been repeatedly delayed since November -- has been pushed back to Jan. 7. "Team at the Cape completed additional propellant loading tests today. Extreme weather slowed operations but Falcon 9 and the Zuma spacecraft are healthy and go for launch -- now targeting January 7 from Pad 40 in Florida," the company tweeted Thursday , referencing Cape Canaveral, Florida. The NRO's mission payload, Zuma, remains shrouded in mystery. The agency has denied it is carrying a satellite . The payload is some sort of "spacecraft" that will conduct a low-Earth orbit, according to the mission's press release . Related content: O...

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