SpaceX prepares to launch secretive Zuma satellite

Elon Musk's personal Tesla will fly along on the Falcon Heavy's first test flight.                  Elon Musk

The mission was first added to SpaceX's manifest in October, with an initial launch slated for mid-November.

SpaceX launched it's Falcon 9 from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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That amount of diverted flights means carriers will have to relocate planes, find new crews and rebook passengers, Orsi said. That's on top of the roughly 650 that were canceled and the 5,600 that were delayed on Wednesday, according to the site.

SpaceX has ironed out all the wrinkles with its Falcon 9 launches, but it's about to try something new and potentially insane. It can lift more than 54 tons into space - twice that of the Delta IV Heavy rocket - and at one third the cost, it says. There's now no telling where the satellite will be going after lift-off although it's somewhere in low-Earth orbit. However, this month will see the launch of a secretive project that marries tech from both the private and public worlds of space exploration. We're still several months away from the ideal Mars transfer window, and the second stage isn't created to insert the payload into orbit of another planet (you'd need a separate rocket package for the vehicle payload). Meanwhile, the center stage will throttle up and continue on as if it were a Falcon 9.

SpaceX is getting ready for its first ever test flight of the Falcon Heavy, its heavy-duty rocket aimed at propelling large cargo loads into low Earth orbit.

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The index considers any score above 50 to be an improvement, while those below signify a contraction. The modest increase in output in December followed broadly unchanged production volumes in November.

Musk said last month that a Tesla Roadster would serve as the payload on the vehicle when it's launched, according to SpaceNews. Due to the secrecy of the launch, no one really knows how big the Zuma payload is. But don't get too excited just yet: SpaceX has a history of delays.

The rocket made its way to the Cape Canaveral launch facility late in 2017, but now it's actually vertical on the launchpad, undergoing its long preflight test check list before the actual attempt is made.

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Kim said he would consider sending a delegation to the Winter Olympics Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea , in February. Ship-to-ship trade with North Korea at sea is prohibited under United Nations sanctions adopted September 11.

As well in 2018, if all goes to plan the United States will also regain the capability to launch astronauts into space with both Boeing and SpaceX ready to test their vehicles as part of the Commercial Crew Program. The Falcon Heavy is like a Falcon 9 rocket on a double dose of steroids.

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