SpaceX to launch 'world's most powerful rocket' with Tesla on board

SpaceX to launch 'world's most powerful rocket' with Tesla on board

SpaceX to launch 'world's most powerful rocket' with Tesla on board

A SpaceX rocket launch is scheduled for Sunday night from Kennedy Space Center and might be visible in South Florida if Mother Nature cooperates.

This will be SpaceX's first launch of 2018.

Among the few concrete details, however, is the launch's contractor, Northrop Grumman, who was selected by the US government to find a rocket for the launch, hence the use of Falcon 9. SpaceX has done classified launches for the Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office before, but this is the first time that the name of the government agency behind the spacecraft being launched is not even known.

The launch was initially supposed to take place in November but was postponed so the California-based company could take a closer look at potential problems with the fairing, or the nose cone part of the rocket that protects the payload. Subsequent weather delays led up to the mission finally being carried out on January 7.

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After launch, SpaceX returned the tall portion of the Falcon 9 rocket to an upright landing at Cape Canaveral.

The spokesperson also said that Zuma is heading to low-Earth orbit.

Buzz is building for an upcoming test-firing of 27 Merlin engines powering the new Falcon Heavy rocket, which features a first stage of three Falcon rocket boosters strapped together. The reusable rocket landed about seven minutes after liftoff, SpaceX said.

It is a big month for Musk's space exploration company.

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