SpaceX launches secret Zuma mission aboard Falcon 9 rocket

Elon Musk has announced SpaceX will launch'the world's most powerful rocket later this month with his own electric car on board. The Falcon Heavy'megarocket  will fire beyond orbit from the former Apollo 11 moon rocket launchpad at the Kenn

The launch window opens at 8 p.m.

SpaceX ended launch commentary five minutes into the flight, due to the classified nature of the USA satellite.

SpaceX successfully launched the mysterious Zuma spacecraft at 8.00pm EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida after numerous delays.

Watch a replay of the launch and landing of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on January 7 at Cape Canaveral.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX has launched a secret satellite codenamed Zuma on its first flight of the new year.

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It's the 21st time the company has executed the "pioneering manoeuvre" of landing the booster rocket, says Alphr.

The company will be attempting a test launch next week with Musk- also the CEO of Tesla Inc - stating that the payload will comprise the all-electric sports vehicle Tesla Roadster playing rocker David Bowie's Space Oddity. Since November 2017, all that is known about the mission is it involves a spacecraft supposedly commissioned by an agency under the US government.

SpaceX is kicking off the New Year with a long list of launches on its manifest.

Watch the live stream from SpaceX below. The rocket's first stage has also landed 12 times on droneships in the ocean as SpaceX pushed to lower launch costs with reusable rockets.

Another highly anticipated SpaceX launch will feature the world's most powerful operational rocket named Falcon Heavy.

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