UPDATE: SpaceX aborted its launch at the last minute on Sunday due to a sensor issue with the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket. The private spaceflight company will attempt the launch again on Monday at 7 a.m. ET.
SpaceX is getting into the spy satellite game.
On Sunday, Elon Musk’s private spaceflight company will launch a rocket loaded with a secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, marking the first time SpaceX will have lofted a major national security payload up to orbit for the spy agency. (A Falcon 9 rocket actually launched a couple tiny satellites for the NRO as secondary payloads years ago, but hey, that doesn’t count as “major” to us.)
Oh, and did we mention that SpaceX is also planning to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back on land at Cape Canaveral after sending the spy satellite payload on its way? And that all this will take place early in the morning on Sunday, potentially providing stunning views?
SpaceX will air the launch and landing live in the window below. The webcast will begin at about 6:40 a.m. ET.