GovSat-1 satellite arrives on Space Coast ahead of launch on SpaceX Falcon 9

Blasting off into the clouds, SpaceX's first launch of 2018 came as part of a classified government mission known as Zuma. Nathan Rousseau Smith (@FantasticMrNate) shows us.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A spacecraft that will be hurled to orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station later this month has arrived on the Space Coast, according to its Luxembourg-based operator.

GovSat-1, the first in a constellation of satellites designed with a focus on secure communications for government and military applications, is scheduled to launch on a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket no earlier than late January from Launch Complex 40. The satellite will be placed in a geostationary transfer orbit, according to SpaceX.

GovSat-1 was built by Orbital ATK, which was recently purchased by aerospace and defense giant Northrop Grumman. GovSat, meanwhile, is a public-private joint venture between Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES and the country's government.

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