Northrop Buys SpaceX Launch for Mysterious Government Payload Northrop Grumman has purchased a previously undisclosed Falcon 9 launch from SpaceX to fly a payload known only as “Zuma.”  “The U.S. government assigned Northrop Grumman the responsibility of acquiring launch services for this mission,” Northrop spokesman Lon Rains writes in an email. “We have procured the Falcon 9 launch service from SpaceX. “This represents a cost-effective approach ...

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