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SpaceX launches secret Zuma craft for United States government

As usual, SpaceX once again landed Falcon 9's first stage back to Earth during Sunday's mission.

It's SpaceX's third classified launch for the US government, this one taking place under a deal with defense contractor Northrop Grumman.

But it's specific orbit wasn't disclosed, and whether the Zuma has a military or civilian applications or which agency will operate it are also under tight wraps.

The first Space Coast launch of the year, a classified mission, is set to take place Sunday, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

"We will not be providing any additional information about the Zuma spacecraft", a Northrop spokesperson emailed IBD.

For example, SpaceX's launch of a top-secret space drone last September was disclosed as a Boeing (BA) X-37B for the Air Force.

SpaceX tried multiple times at the end of 2017 to launch Zuma, but weather and issues with the Falcon 9 rocket nose cone created delays moving the targeted launch date into 2018. Such landings are vital to the company as they are being performed to improve the development of its reusable rockets. If and when it blasts off, the Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful rocket to fly since the Saturn V of moon race fame. It's aiming for more this year, including the debut of the Falcon Heavy - a triple-core version of the Falcon 9 that will have all 27 engines firing at launch.

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