There has been no greater push in the privatized space industry by anyone, than those at SpaceX. SpaceX has been the most prominent voice in the burgeoning search for the stars and the company just keeps bringing about new game-changing innovations. Most recently, SpaceX was in the news for the launch of their Falcon Heavy which absolutely captivated the world. Now, fans of SpaceX and fans of space, in general, are tuning in to learn more about a secretive and mysterious launch known as the Zuma. The Zuma mission came seemingly out of nowhere and was actually slated to launch this past week when delays forced the team to push back their work.
The Zuma was slated to launch last weekend attached to a Falcon 9 rocket but weather delays and additional testing were needed in order to ensure that the launch would be successful. As a result, the launch window was pushed to the weekend of January 7th in order to give SpaceX and NASA all of the time and preparation that they needed. According to representatives at SpaceX, ‘Extreme weather’ was the primary concern over last week’s projected launch but things should be all good when the Falcon 9 takes off on Sunday afternoon.
The Falcon 9 will be taking off from the launch pad owned by SpaceX at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station which is located in Florida. The anticipation is that the rocket will launch at 8 PM EST, assuming no surprise weather interventions occur. SpaceX representatives said, “Teams at the Cape complete additional propellant loading tests today” which show that they are moving forward with the anticipation of getting off of the ground.
This isn’t the first time that the mysterious Zuma mission has been delayed due to a variety of different issues. In fact, SpaceX has been trying to get the Zuma mission off of the ground since last November. Instead of rushing into their original November launch, SpaceX decided to take it slow in order to review data referencing their payload delivery. This is, perhaps, one of the most intriguing aspects of the mission — the payload. SpaceX has been completely mum on what the mission actually is and nobody else has been able to clarify. The only thing that we do know is that SpaceX has the full cooperation fo the United States government with the launch and that a deal was made by way of Northrop Grumman, an aerospace and defense company.