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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

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Visit Us Florida vacations are only complete when you visit Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Come see Space Shuttle Atlantis - Included in general admission

When: January 23, 9:05 pm
Where: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Rocket Launch: Atlas V | TDRS-L

Rocket Launch Viewing

Experience the powerful sights and sounds of the dramatic night launch of the United Launch 
Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the TDRS-L satellite.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests enjoy a front row seat to view the launch from the Apollo/Saturn V viewing area which offers the closest public launch viewing opportunity in Brevard County. Purchase your special viewing ticket while they are still available. Viewing tickets are limited. Cost is in addition to general admission. Annual passholders only pay for the $20 viewing ticket. Call 866.870.6239 now to make your reservation.

Guests must board launch transportation at the Visitor Complex beginning at 7:30 pm to the Apollo/Saturn V Center.   

Other launch related activities include a TDRS display and a selection of children’s activities located in the IMAX East building from Jan. 18 -23. 

On January 23, 5 p.m. guests listen to Jim Adams, acting NASA chief technologist, as he presents, “Talking in Space, the role of communication technology for exploring our solar system.” Space shuttle astronaut Mike McCulley will be making appearances, including the Apollo/Saturn V Center during the countdown to launch. 


A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-043, will launch the TDRS-L communications and data relay satellite for NASA. TTDRS-L Satellitehe rocket will fly in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.

The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System is NASA's network of specialized communications satellites that orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth.

The TDRS-L spacecraft is the second of three new satellites designed to support operational continuity for NASA by expanding the lifespan of the fleet, which consists of eight satellites in geosynchronous orbit.

The satellites relay signals between spacecraft including the International Space Station and ground control stations on Earth. The spacecraft are a vast improvement over the string of ground stations that were used in the past to communicate with spacecraft for short periods of time as they passed over or near the stations.

The spacecraft provide tracking, telemetry, command and high bandwidth data return services for numerous science and human exploration missions orbiting Earth. These include NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station. TDRS-L has a high-performance solar panel designed for more spacecraft power to meet the growing S-band communications requirements.

Atlas V Rocket Info

Since 1957, the Atlas rocket has been an integral part of the United States’ space program, supporting national defense missions, launching Mercury astronauts to orbit, and sending spacecraft to the farthest reaches of the solar system. For nearly six decades, the Atlas booster has undergone a series of continuous improvements, culminating in the current Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV). 

Designed in partnership with the U.S. Air Force, the Atlas V’s modular design approach allows for multiple configurations to meet specific customer requirements. All Atlas V launch vehicles consist of a common core booster ¬≠first stage, a Centaur second stage, and either a 4-m-diameter or a 5-m-diameter payload fairing. To accommodate larger spacecraft requiring additional thrust at liftoff, one to three solid rocket boosters (SRB) can be added to the Atlas V 4-m vehicle, while the Atlas V 5-m vehicle can support up to ¬≠five SRBs.

Atlas V Launch Video

* Launch date and time are subject to change.