SpaceX launches secret Zuma mission aboard Falcon 9 rocket

Elon Musk has announced SpaceX will launch'the world's most powerful rocket later this month with his own electric car on board. The Falcon Heavy'megarocket  will fire beyond orbit from the former Apollo 11 moon rocket launchpad at the Kenn

With Falcon heavy, SpaceX will also attempt to simultaneously land and recover all three of its first-stage rocket cores.

It's SpaceX's third classified launch for the US government, this one taking place under a deal with defense contractor Northrop Grumman.

The payload will be delivered to low Earth orbit, per the mission parameters, but we don't know anything else about its objective, design, or intended mission, because it's all classified.

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

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For example, SpaceX's launch of a top-secret space drone last September was disclosed as a Boeing (BA) X-37B for the Air Force. The NRO also wouldn't reveal further details about the satellite or its orbit. Boeing eased 0.4%, and Lockheed Martin (LMT), whose United Launch Alliance joint venture with Boeing provides launch services for the Pentagon, dipped 0.3%. The news has been announced by founder Elon Musk.

The payload took off early this morning on a Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Such landings are part of SpaceX's efforts to develop fully reusable rockets, which the company believes could bring down spaceflight costs. The launch was originally scheduled for November 2017, but the mission was delayed so SpaceX could review data from a fairing test. If and when it blasts off, the Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful rocket to fly since the Saturn V of moon race fame.

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