SpaceX launches top-secret satellite for US government
SpaceX launched a secret satellite codenamed Zuma on its first flight of the new year on Sunday night.
The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off at 8 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and landed a little less than eight minutes after separation.
SpaceX ended launch commentary five minutes into the flight, due to the classified nature of the US 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.
The aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman provided the satellite. For which government agency it wouldn't say.
The codename Zuma refers to a Southern California beach.