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SpaceX will launch ‘most powerful rocket in the world’ this month and with a Tesla on board SpaceX. The Falcon Heavy is the"most powerful rocket in the world by a factor of two" SpaceX
Edmund Robinson | 08 January, 2018, 04:51

SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida's Kennedy Space Center this evening, carrying a secretive USA government payload known as "Zuma" to low-Earth orbit.

The launch window opens at 8 p.m.

Zuma is a US government payload delivered by Northrop Gruman, but its objective is classified.

A secret government satellite mission code-named Zuma zoomed into orbit from Cape Canaveral Sunday night atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX landed the rocket's first stage for reuse in a future launch, a key step in its goal to drive down the cost of access to space.

The company's first successful Falcon 9 rocket launch of 2018 was also probably the most secretive in the company's history. The Zuma mission was supposed to take place in mid-November, but SpaceX put it on hold to investigate the results of testing for another customer. The company has said it plans to launch roughly 30 missions in 2018 after completing a record 18 a year ago.

But the launch was delayed.




Last year was a banner year for SpaceX, with 18 launches.

The company aims to top that total this year, flying from three launch pads - at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Kennedy Space Center and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

It is a big month for Musk's space exploration company.

The mission, code named "Zuma", is a Falcon-9 rocket launch, but it is unclear what the rocket is carrying.

The Falcon 9 lifted off at 8 p.m. EST (0100 GMT on January 9) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, on Florida's Space Coast.

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.

Success on Sunday will clear the way for SpaceX's next launch from Florida, the much anticipated test flight of the Falcon Heavy booster.

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