Mysterious Zuma mission for United States government

The Falcon Heavy ready to

The Falcon Heavy ready

With Falcon heavy, SpaceX will also attempt to simultaneously land and recover all three of its first-stage rocket cores.

United States space firm SpaceX on Sunday launched a top secret payload into space for the U.S. government, known only by the codename Zuma. The second stage was programmed to fire into orbit to deploy Zuma a few hundred miles above Earth.

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For a few moments, the dueling rockets' exhaust flows interacted in the upper atmosphere, creating a colorful, nearly nebula-like display over the Florida coast. The first launch this year carried a special payload - Zuma, a secretive spacecraft commissioned by the USA government for an undisclosed mission. It's aiming for more this year. The name Zuma refers to a Southern California beach.

Time says that SpaceX plans to launch a total of 30 rockets over the year, which is 12 more than last year.

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Last year was a banner year for SpaceX, with 18 launches.

The inaugural launch is scheduled for later this month. Zuma will be the first before the company premiers its new Falcon Heavy rocket, sometime later in January.

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