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SpaceX makes its first launch of the year: secret satellite

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SpaceX makes its first launch of the year: secret satellite
This image, captured with an eight-minute exposure, shows the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station from the Ocean Club Marina in Puerto Cañaveral, Florida, on Sunday, January 7, 2018.

SpaceX made its first launch of the new year on Sunday night, a secret satellite codenamed Zuma.

The unmanned Falcon rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying a satellite into an undisclosed orbit.

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SpaceX finalized its takeoff comments five minutes after the trip started due to the confidentiality of the US satellite. But the company continued with the transmission of the return of the first stage of the rocket to Cape Canaveral, where it landed without problems as part of a recycling effort.

The satellite was provided by Northrop Grumman, but without revealing to which government agency. The name Zuma is in reference to a beach in Southern California.

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