SpaceX warns of sonic boom after next launch in Florida

Codename Zuma All about SpaceX's secret launch

SpaceX is no stranger to national security launches.

The launch was brokered by defense contractor Northrop Grumman on behalf of the USA government.

We do know, though, that the secret payload is headed to Low Earth Orbit and is blasting off from Kennedy Space Center's historic 39A Launch Complex. But, as the launch site's website puts it, "No other information is available about this mission".

The 45th Space Wing's tweet does not necessarily mean that Zuma is an Air Force payload. "Teams will use the extra day to conduct some additional mission assurance work in advance of launch".

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Furthermore the two stage 229-foot-tall (70-meter-tall) Falcon 9 rocket was raised to vertical launch position later today Wednesday afternoon November 15 - so everything seems to be in place for a Thursday evening launch attempt.

Zuma satellite mission patch. Weather conditions appear to be near ideal for a launch Thursday.

For a launch scheduled later today, at 8 PM EST (5 PM PST), that second part might be cut from the live video feed found below, due to the sensitive nature of the Falcon 9's payload.

If all goes according to plan, Zuma will now lift off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Friday from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, during a window that opens at 8 p.m. EST (0100 GMT on November 18). It's likely SpaceX's live video feed above could cut away during the actual payload separation phase given the sensitivity, but we'll still get to see live footage of the launch and the landing attempt for the Falcon 9 first stage, at least.

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