SPACEX are to launch a top-secret satellite codenamed project Zuma this Friday, the US Air Force confirmed.
One of the few scraps of information currently available has revealed Zuma will enter into a low orbit around Earth.
What the orbiter’s mission is and who will be operating it is unknown with US authorities so far refusing the release any more information.
The launch was first pencilled in for the middle of November but was eventually pushed back so SpaceX could analyse their data for a previous launch
As one Falcon 9 will leave as another returns with a rocket also landing on Friday.
Elon Musk’s firm has carried out government missions before but never as secretive.
News of the mysterious satellite comes after SpaceX programme was revealed to be planning to send a Telsa to Mars.
The billionaire businessman took to social media to announce that he will send a Tesla car to Mars.
Mr Musk announced on Twitter that he will be sending a “cherry Tesla Roadster” to orbit Mars, playing David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ on repeat and that it would “be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on the ascent.”
But now the South African born American has now left no doubt in anyone’s mind that SpaceX will be sending a car to Mars after he posted a series of pictures on Instagram of the red Tesla Roadster inside the Falcon Heavy.
“That seemed extremely boring. Of course, anything boring is terrible, especially companies, so we decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel.
“The payload will be an original Tesla Roadster, playing Space Oddity, on a billion-year elliptic Mars orbit.”