The payload will be launched by the company's Falcon 9 rocket.
Here's what we know: the satellite is operated by the U.S. government, not the National Reconnaissance Office, which operates most spy satellites but says Zuma isn't its baby. It's not even known which part of the federal government the payload belongs to.
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On October 19, U.S. defense tech and aerospace company Northrop Grumman confirmed that they commissioned SpaceX for the low-Earth orbit launch, stating that it was a government mission without disclosing further details. The Zuma is created to be launched into low-Earth orbit, which is why some describe it as a satellite that Northrop Grumman built for a still to be identified organization.
On Thursday, SpaceX will attempt to launch its third and most secretive payload for the military.
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On November 16th, between 8PM and 10PM Eastern, SpaceX is sending a secret payload called "Zuma" beyond our atmosphere. The company also sent a new spy satellite into space for the National Reconnaissance Office earlier this year, . However, Zuma has yet to have any agency, government or otherwise, claim the payload in any public way.
The Falcon 9 rocket's first stage will return to landing at Landing Zone-1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
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"There is the possibility that residents of Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia counties may hear one or more sonic booms during the landing attempt". Zuma is the codename given to a top secret military payload being sent into orbit from Nasa's Kennedy Space Centre in the USA aboard a Falcon 9 rocket built by the company SpaceX.