The first launch for this year from SpaceX is going to take place on Friday night. The Falcon 9 booster will have a secret payload from the United States government that is called Zuma. The company will launch it from Cape Canaveral at about 8 P.M. EST. This is one day later than the company initially planned it after delaying it from November to complete technical reviews. As for the Zuma payload, nobody knows too much about. The United States government asked Northrop Grumman to obtain the commercial launch services. Grumman found SpaceX’s Falcon 9 perfect for the job.
After initially scheduled in mid-November, the launch was pushed back to give engineers more time to conduct technical reviews. Everything needed to be in tip top shape for this payload. Also, they needed to make sure that the fairing, which will protect the spaceship in the first minutes of flight, was perfectly functional. This happened because SpaceX had reportedly identified a problem with another fairing, and wanted to make sure that the Zuma one was all right.
SpaceX’s first 2018 launch
The original plan was for the payload to take off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. However, because of this unexpected delay, the launch will take off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Back in December it was restored, and it is now completely functional.
Zuma will be the first launch from SpaceX that will happen in 2018, after a successful and record 2017. Last year, the company conducted 18 launches, both from California and Florida. It will take place on Friday night when the forecast announces chilly weather. Clouds will also partially cover the sky and the temperature will be of 46 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that 90%, the conditions will allow the launch to finally take place, marking the beginning of the year for SpaceX.
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