SpaceX warns of sonic boom after next launch in Florida

SpaceX warns of sonic boom after next launch in Florida

SpaceX warns of sonic boom after next launch in Florida

Elon Musk's SpaceX is launching a secret United States government payload into space atop a Falcon 9 rocket - known only by its codename 'Zuma'. The launch window opens at 8 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m.

After first stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on land at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Landing Zone 1.

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

SpaceX sent an advisory Wednesday warning that this launch could trigger a sonic boom, which residents of Brevard, Orange, Osceola Seminole and Volusia counties may experience. Hearing the sonic boom will depend on weather conditions across the region.

The spaceflight company test-fired one of its Falcon 9 rockets Saturday (Nov. 11) at Florida's Kennedy Space Center (KSC), to help pave the way for the planned Wednesday liftoff of a payload known as Zuma.

SpaceX will loft Zuma for the USA government, in a launch procured by aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman.

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.