SpaceX dazzles with first launch of the year

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Rocket Looks Giant on its Launch Pad

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

This launch has been delayed previously, in part due to weather, but the launch window opened again this evening at 5 p.m.

SpaceX launched a secret satellite codenamed Zuma on Sunday night.

The mission, code named "Zuma", is a Falcon-9 rocket launch, but it is unclear what the rocket is carrying. After delivering Zuma to space, the rocket will return to earth to land back at Cape Canaveral.

Such landings are part of SpaceX's efforts to develop fully reusable rockets, which the company believes could bring down spaceflight costs.

While the press kit reveals nothing about the spacecraft, a report says that amateur satellite trackers believe it to be an experimental vessel built with new technologies.

SpaceX will then target a booster landing at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Landing Zone 1. It believes Zuma is another of the agency's satellites and is therefore meant to be positioned near the two existing spacecraft. And as soon as April, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy will be used in the U.S. Air Force's Space Test Program-2 mission, which is comprised of military and scientific research satellites.

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