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Rocket Launch: NET December 18, 2018 TBD | SpaceX Falcon 9 GPS III SV01

Dec 18, 2018 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Space Launch Complex 40 SpaceX Falcon 9 GPS III SV01


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch GPS III SV01 this December for the United States Air Force. GPS III SV01 will join 31 operational global positioning systems (GPS) satellites already in orbit, delivering positioning, navigation and timing services for the United States and other operations. This satellite is also nicknamed “Vespucci” after Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian explorer the Americas were named after.


Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of launches, as well as launch commentary, bleacher seating and visitor complex exhibits and attractions. Some launch viewing locations are included with daily admission, while others require a Launch Transportation Ticket (LTT) in order to access more remote areas on NASA property. LTTs must be purchased in addition to daily admission.


The visitor complex is not currently selling Launch Transportation Tickets for this upcoming launch. However, they may be available soon. If LTTs are offered, tickets are sold as soon as possible after both a confirmed launch date and time is announced. 


If/when launch transportation and viewing opportunities become available, LTTs may be purchased online under the VIP Launch Viewing tab on the Tickets page. For all viewing areas, remember to purchase daily admission to gain access to visitor complex viewing, and/or to Kennedy Space Center buses that transport you to closer viewing locations.


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Availability of upcoming viewing opportunities is dependent upon the scheduled launch time and is subject to NASA and  U.S. Air Force approval. 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.

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