A file picture of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket atop Launch Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX will launch the key Zuma mission for the U.S. authorities on Nov. 16, 2017.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch what simply may be the corporate’s most mysterious payload but tonight (Nov. 16) — the key Zuma mission for the U.S. authorities — and you may watch it dwell on-line.
SpaceX will launch the Zuma payload tonight from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, throughout a two-hour launch window that opens at eight a.m. EST (zero100 Nov. 17 GMT). SpaceX representatives haven’t introduced an actual time for the launch, nor the precise nature of the Zuma mission, although the corporate did delay the launch by 24 hours Wednesday. [SpaceX’s Secret Zuma Mission: What We Know]
You can watch the Zuma launch dwell, courtesy of SpaceX, starting about 15 minutes earlier than liftoff (7:45 p.m. EST for an eight p.m. EST launch goal). You may also watch it instantly from SpaceX’s dwell webcast web page right here.
If SpaceX is unable to launch the Zuma mission Thursday evening, the corporate does have a backup launch window on Friday evening (Nov. 17).
We know few particulars concerning the Zuma launch, and what little we do know comes from a consultant with Northrop Grumman, the aerospace firm that organized the payload’s launch for the U.S. authorities on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
According to Lon Rains, communications director for Northrop Grumman’s area programs division, Zuma will probably be launched right into a low-Earth orbit.
“The Zuma payload is a restricted payload.” Rains mentioned in an announcement. “Northrop Grumman is proud to be part of the Zuma launch. The event represents a cost-effective approach to space access for government missions.”
According to a mission description posted on-line Wednesday (Nov. 15), SpaceX will try to land the primary stage of the Falcon 9 rocket utilized in tonight’s launch at Landing Zone 1, a pad on the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station close to the corporate’s Pad 39A launch website. That touchdown ought to happen about 7 minutes and 51 seconds after liftoff, SpaceX representatives wrote.
The Zuma launch will mark SpaceX’s 17th mission of 2017 and the corporate’s third categorised flight this 12 months. In May, SpaceX launched the NROL-76 spy satellite tv for pc for the National Reconnaissance Office and adopted that with the Sept. 7 launch of an uncrewed X-37B area aircraft on the OTV-5 mission for the U.S. Air Force.