SpaceX Zuma Launch On January 7, Falcon Heavy To Fly January End

SapceX’s successful launch on December 15. Brady Kenniston for

Unlike the Iridium-4 launch, Zuma will be flying thanks to the new Block 4 Falcon 9. Last week, the new rocket hit a big developmental milestone when SpaceX turned it upright for the first time.

While all eyes are on SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, set to claim the title of most powerful rocket platform on the planet with its inaugural launch later this month, Elon Musk's space faring company has another January launch slated... one he'd rather keep your eyes off of.

Coverage of the launch can be seen on Space Coast Daily TV. It's not there just for its pretty looks. Musk has confirmed that its orbit will be extremely stable, and Roadster will likely remain in its final space journey for hundreds of millions or even billions of years. And according to Musk, the vehicle will be playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity".

Others shared on Twitter this week show the Falcon Heavy standing tall on the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center.

The lift-off was originally planned for mid-November but was pushed back by the company in order to study data from a recent payload-fairing test performed for another customer.

The Falcon Heavy has "the ability to lift into orbit over 54 metric tons - a mass equivalent to a 737-jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage, and fuel - Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle", the company says on its website.


As with the Falcon 9, the first stage of the rocket will return to Earth.

"The NRO made up its mind that SpaceX was OK to launch payloads", he said.

The Falcon 9 rocket's reusable first stage will attempt a controlled landing at Landing Zone 1 (LZ1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The company rolled the rocket, featuring three Falcon 9 first stages mounted side-by-side with a second stage mounted on top of the center booster, to the pad for the first time December 28, raising it to the vertical position for fit checks there.

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