SpaceX warns of sonic boom after next launch in Florida

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 15, 2017

The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying a mystery satellite with the code-name "Zuma" has been rescheduled to liftoff at 8:00 p.m.

"There is the possibility that residents of Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties may hear one or more sonic booms during the landing attempt", an advisory read.

The new nine-engine rocket will launch from pad 39A and will take the secret payload to a low orbit.

The Zuma mission will be SpaceX's 17 launch this year.

The launch will be streamed live by the private space delivery company, and the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage is due to land back down at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Hearing the sonic boom will depend on weather conditions across the region.

If successful, it would mark the eighth time the company will have landed at Landing Zone 1.

The engines were ignited for testing purposes early Saturday evening at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. This is a customary step in all SpaceXlaunch campaigns.

If necessary, the next window will be on Thursday evening.

On October 19, USA defense tech and aerospace company Northrop Grumman confirmed that they commissioned SpaceX for the low-Earth orbit launch, stating that it was a government mission without disclosing further details.

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