SpaceX warns of sonic boom ahead of Thursday launch
SpaceX warns of sonic boom ahead of Thursday launch
Conor Cawley @ConorCawley
17 Ноября, 2017, 01:52
1st stage accomplished successful ground landing at the Cape nine minutes later. The mission was not even made public until a launch license was released a month ago, and the company didn't acknowledge the launch until this last week.
SpaceX is hired by Northrop Grumman, which is hired by the U.S. government to choose a suitable launcher to send the cargo.
Launch Window: 10 p.m. As Florida Today said, SpaceX is no stranger to launching top secret missions, including a spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office and another payload for the Department of Defense.
Furthermore the two stage 229-foot-tall (70-meter-tall) Falcon 9 rocket was raised to vertical launch position later today Wednesday afternoon November 15 - so everything seems to be in place for a Thursday evening launch attempt.
Just in case the launch doesn't go as planned, SpaceX has a backup time frame, beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST on Friday.
However we don't know anything about the "Zuma" payloads characteristics and vital statistics - despite the seemingly endless leaks streaming out of Washington these days. As seen from inside the pad perimeter.
If all goes according to plan, Zuma will now lift off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Friday from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, during a window that opens at 8 p.m. EST (0100 GMT on November 18). One is the moment when the rocket lands back on Earth, and the other is the moment when the payload successfully separates in space.
What is known is that one of Space X's Falcon 9 rockets will be launched into low-earth orbit.
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