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Here’s a look at SpaceX’s top secret spy satellite, Falcon 9

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Tue May 02 2017, 2:24 pm
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    SpaceX has launched a top-secret spy satellite for the US government.The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on the morning of May 1, 2017 from its NASA-leased pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. According to reports, it was SpaceX's first mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. No details were shared about the newly launched NRO satellite. Instead, the webcast was centered around the successful touchdown of the first stage booster. (Twitter/SpaceX)

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    It hoisted a classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. Several minutes into the flight, the first stage booster, its job done, aimed for a touchdown at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. SpaceX strives to return most of its first-stage boosters for reuse. (AP/PTI)

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    This was the fourth SpaceX booster landing at Cape Canaveral; even more have landed on an ocean platform. Sonic booms, as usual, rattled the area around the launch site. (Twitter/SpaceX)

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    The company's first recycled rocket flew last month. The launch set for April 30th was foiled at the last minute by a bad sensor. (AP)

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    SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk said via Twitter that both the launch and landing were good. But the upper-level wind at liftoff was ``unusually high.'' (AP)

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    ``Tough call, as high altitude wind shear was at 98.6 percent of the theoretical load limit,'' he said in a tweet. Earlier on May 1, he noted about the wind, ``Worrying, but not a showstopper.'' (Instagram/Elon Musk)

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    Richard Wes
    May 3, 2017 at 1:39 am
    this is funny..top secret??? guess not so TOP SECRET>>> DAH
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