NewsScience and Technology


SpaceX launches secret satellite Sunday night on 1st flight of year

Posted at 3:18 AM, Jan 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-08 03:18:30-05

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- SpaceX has launched a secret satellite codenamed Zuma on its first flight of the new year.

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

SpaceXended launch commentary five minutes into the flight, due to the classified nature of the satellite. But the company continued to broadcast the return of the first-stage booster to Cape Canaveral, where it landed upright as part of a recycling effort.

Northrop Grumman provided the satellite, for which government agency it wouldn't say. The name Zuma refers to a Southern California beach.

Last year was a banner year for SpaceX , with 18 launches. This year, the company is aiming for more.