Watch tonight’s SpaceX Zuma launch and landing – HERE

SpaceX teams at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station are set to kick off the year’s first Space Coast rocket launch tonight.

A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the secretive Zuma payload, known only as a government mission managed by Northrop Grumman, is set for liftoff during a two-hour window at Launch Complex 40 that opens at 8 p.m.

Weather is 80 percent “go,” according to the Air Force’s 45th Weather Squadron.

Residents and spectators can expect a powerful sonic boom tonight as the rocket’s first stage descends for a propulsive landing at Cape Canaveral’s Landing Zone 1 about eight minutes after liftoff.

In central Florida?

If you’re under clear skies, you can look to the state’s east coast to spot Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral. You don’t, however, need clear skies to feel and hear the window-rattling sonic boom during first stage descent.

Contact Emre Kelly at aekelly@floridatoday.com or 321-242-3715. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook at @EmreKelly.

Article by Emre Kelly at Florida Today, Complete Article [ HERE ]

Live Video provided by SpaceX on Youtube

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