january, 2018

08jan01:00Falcon 9 • ZUMA

Event Details

Launch Date: January 8, 2018
Launch Window: 01:00-03:00 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FT (Block 4)
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Payload: ZUMA
Payload Manufacturer: Northrop Grumman


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the ZUMA payload in a launch procured by Northrop Grumman for an undisclosed customer. The satellite’s operator and purpose remain secret, though indications are that ZUMA is similar to the PAN, CLIO and potentially the NROL-76 mission operated by U.S. government agencies but launched under a commercial architecture. The existence of the ZUMA launch contract was only disclosed in October 2017 through regulatory filings. The Falcon 9 first stage will attempt a Return to Launch Site for a propulsive landing at Cape Canaveral’s Landing Zone 1.

Delayed from November 16:

SpaceX is now targeting Thursday, Nov. 16 for launch of the Zuma mission. Both Falcon 9 and the payload remain healthy; teams will use the extra day to conduct some additional mission assurance work in advance of launch. The launch time and window remain the same for Thursday, opening at 8:00 p.m. EST and remaining open until 10:00 p.m. EST.

Delayed from November 17:

We have decided to stand down and take a closer look at data from recent fairing testing for another customer. Though we have preserved the range opportunity for tomorrow, we will take the time we need to complete the data review and will then confirm a new launch date.


Mission Resources:

Mission Updates

? Launch Vehicle Overview: Falcon 9 FT

? Zuma – Facts & Speculation

Countdown Timeline

Launch Weather

? Launch Site Schedule

? FCC Filings: 1446-EX-ST-2017 & 1318-EX-ST-2017


(Monday) 01:00 UTC


Space Launch Complex 40

Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA