Enlarge / The booster on the launch pad in Florida for a launch attempt Tuesday first flew in May, 2017. (credit: SpaceX)
SpaceX began its launch campaign this year on January 7, with liftoff of the highly classified Zuma payload for the US government. Although it’s not official, multiple sources have said the mission failed to reach orbit. SpaceX has said its rocket performed nominally despite any failure, and the Air Force has backed the company up on that assertion.
Perhaps the biggest vote of confidence in the company is that less than four weeks later, it is prepared to launch again