Elon Musk has some big plans for the future, and on Sunday, his company will be marking a major new first in the already eventful history of SpaceX.
SpaceX is about to take a bold leap forward as it paves the way for future space travel and cargo missions. This weekend, SpaceX will be doing its first national security mission on behalf of the U.S. military by sending a spy satellite into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office.
NROL-76 holds a top secret payload that will be launched from a Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday morning from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Caveral, Fla. Once again, SpaceX will try to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket after putting the payload into space.
Unlike in past launches, the broadcast of the NRO mission will be cut short so that we won’t know anything about where the satellite will be located or get any clues on what it will be used for. But as always, there should be plenty of exciting new images of the first stage descending to Earth, the fourth time SpaceX will attempt to land the Falcon 9 on the Florida landing site.