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Rocket Launch: SpaceX Falcon 9 SES-10

Mar 30, 2017 06:27 PM Kennedy Space Center, Launch Complex 39A Rocket Launch: SpaceX Falcon 9 SES-10

MISSION

Witness liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A carrying the SES-10 communications satellite for SES. This communications satellite will provide television broadcast and telecommunication services for Central and South America. This is the first reuse of a recovered first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX will attempt to land the Falcon 9 first stage on the autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS), Of Course I Still Love You, in the Atlantic Ocean.

LAUNCH VIEWING

Launch viewing opportunities for SES-10 are available at Apollo/Saturn V Center and the main visitor complex with bleacher seating and launch commentary. Special launch viewing/transportation tickets to Apollo/Saturn V Center are available for $20, in addition to daily admission. Tickets for Apollo/Saturn V Center are available online. The main visitor complex viewing area is accessible with daily admission only. Restrooms, dining and souvenirs are available at both viewing areas.

Special launch viewing/transportation ticket holders are transported by bus from the main visitor complex to special viewing areas at Kennedy Space Center. Visitors must have a daily admission ticket or annual pass in order to utilize launch viewing/transportation tickets. Since launch days often have many extra visitors, please allow time for travel, parking and entering the complex, including security bag search before boarding the bus for launch viewing. Arrive early to assure your viewing spot!

Launch date, time, and viewing opportunities are subject to change. Launches can be affected by technical and mechanical issues as well as range operations and weather, either in advance or at the last minute. Learn more about our Launch Scrub Policy.

LAUNCH VEHICLE:

Falcon 9 is SpaceX’s two-stage rocket manufactured to successfully transport satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. Currently the only rocket fully designed and developed in the 21st century, Falcon 9 delivers payloads to space aboard the Dragon spacecraft or inside a composite fairing. With a minimal number of separation events and nine first-stage Merlin engines, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is designed so that even if two of the engines shut down, the rocket can still operate. Falcon 9’s first stage incorporates nine Merlin engines and aluminum-lithium alloy tanks containing liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1) propellant. The first stage of Falcon 9 can also be returned from space to land upright on one of two autonomous spaceport drone ships (ASDS) in the ocean or on land at Cape Canaveral Landing Zone 1 (LZ1) with the goal of reusing the returned first stages. The second stage, powered by a single Merlin vacuum engine, delivers Falcon 9’s payload to the desired orbit. In 2012, SpaceX became the first commercial space company to rendezvous with the International Space Station utilizing Dragon and Falcon 9. Although these flights have not transported crew, SpaceX is working toward their goal of transporting astronauts to space in Crew Dragon.

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Rocket Launch: SpaceX Falcon 9 SES-10