SpaceX set to launch world's most powerful rocket by January end

SpaceX will launch ‘most powerful rocket in the world’ this month and with a Tesla on board

In this image made with a long exposure the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as seen from in Viera, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. The launch window opens at 8 p.m.

The Falcon 9 launched from the SLC-40 launchpad at Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 1 am UTC. Zuma will be the first before the company premiers its new Falcon Heavy rocket, sometime later in January.

Elon Musk's SpaceX has sent a secret U.S. government spacecraft codenamed Zuma towards an undisclosed orbit.

It's also the third time the aerospace firm has carried out a classified mission, which is arguably its most secretive flight for the United States government, Ars Technica reports. Since November 2017, all that is known about the mission is it involves a spacecraft supposedly commissioned by an agency under the USA government.

The lack of basic details surrounding the launch is highly unusual even compared to SpaceX's national-security launches.

Watch the live stream from SpaceX below. The Falcon 9 successfully landed back to base.

SpaceX's next launch from Florida should be the much anticipated test flight of the Falcon Heavy booster.

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