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    Default Falcon 9: ZUMA (mystery launch)

    No one has a clue what it is, the orbit or what it will do once it gets there. With all the secrecy one has to assume that it's for one of the spooky agencies.

    Launch Date: Nov. 15, 2018
    Launch Window: 2000-2200 EST, 0100-0300 GMT (Nov. 16)

    Pad: KSC LC-39A
    Stage Landing: LZ-1

    Payload: ZUMA (codename)
    Type: ????
    Contractor: Northrop Grumman
    Customer: ????

    Chris B - NSF @NASASpaceflight
    SpaceX on track to conduct a Static Fire test of the Falcon 9 (B1043) tasked with the launch of the secretive ZUMA spacecraft on Saturday evening.

    Window for the test opens at 18:00 local for those able to be in the area for streaming purposes. Will advise if the window changes.
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    Slipped to Thursday, Nov 16.

    Launch window still 2000-2200 Eastern

    Rocket OK, payload OK

    Why? Dunno. Never seen so few pre-launch leaks.The first rule of Fight Club is in full force.
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    I'd post the mission presskit PDF, but it's about as informative as a blank postcard. Nothing on the fairing but the N-G logo.





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    SpaceX: "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."

    Translation: they were testing an upcoming customers payload fairing and got a result they did not expect, so they are standing down in case the Zuma fairing has the same issue. Once they determine that the Zuma fairing is okay, they'll fly.
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    NET January 4, 2018

    Likely about 2000 Eastern

    And STILL no news on WTF this thing is.

    It has to be from Spook Central.
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