Space & Innovation

Elon Musk's SpaceX Sends Secret US Spy Satellite Into Orbit, Then Lands Rocket

It was the 34th mission for SpaceX, but its first flight for the US Department of Defense, a customer long-pursued by Musk.

Published On 05/01/2017
12:15 PM EDT
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket first stage stands atop its Landing Zone 1 pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after successfully launching the classified NROL-76 satellite into orbit from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on May 1, 2017. | SpaceX