Falcon 9 Block 4 | Zuma

SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 Block 4 Rocket

Launch Status

SpaceX was scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 Block 4 rocket as part of the Zuma mission. The launch window for the Government/Top Secret mission was on Sun, Jan 7th, 2018, 8:00 PM EST from Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL. The status of the launch was Success with a 80% chance for favorable weather conditions. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Falcon 9 Block 4 and experience the excitement for yourself. The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket landed at LZ-1.



Unknown payload built by Northrop Grumman for an undisclosed customer, most likely a government organisation.


Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA


Falcon 9 Block 4

The Full Thrust variants first stage includes all systems necessary for an operational re-use of stages while the second stage is operated as an expendable rocket stage.


Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket landed at LZ-1.

Landed after Zuma and was expended during Iridium 6.

Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1)

LZ-1 Pad located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at the previous LC-13

Return to Landing Site (RTLS)

A return to landing site usually means that after stage separation the booster flips and does a burn back towards the launch site landing near where it initially launched from.