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Falcon 9 Rocket With Secret US Satellite on Board Launched From Cape Canaveral

© AP Photo / John RaouxA Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket launches from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.
A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket launches from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. - Sputnik International
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The US private space transportation company SpaceX has announced a successful launch and landing of the Falcon 9 rocket, bringing a secret satellite of the US government into orbit.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a secret satellite of the US government, was launched Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the US private space transportation company SpaceX said.

An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida - Sputnik International
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The rocket was launched at 4:00 a.m. Moscow time (1:00 GMT).

"Liftoff… Main engine cutoff and stage separation confirmed," the SpaceX said on Twitter.

​The launch of the satellite into low-Earth orbit has been carried out at the request of the US government. The information about the apparatus' orbital parameters as well as about its purpose has been classified.

The satellite's launch should have taken place in November 2017, however, it has been delayed several times for various reasons.

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