Rocket Launch: February 6, 2018 1:30 PM | SpaceX Falcon Heavy Inaugural FlightFeb 06, 2018 01:30 PM Kennedy Space Center Rocket Launch: February 6, 2018 1:30 PM | SpaceX Falcon Heavy Inaugural Flight
Please read carefully as launch viewing opportunities for this historic launch are different than previous rocket launches.
All ticket packages are non-refundable. In order to manage the anticipated increased visitation to the visitor complex, all guests were required to pre-purchase one of the below ticket packages. Launch viewing ticket packages are only valid on the day of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch, which is currently scheduled for February 6, 2018 1:30 PM EST.
All packages include vehicle placard that will be required to enter the visitor complex on day of launch. Please carefully read and understand the scrub policy for each package (link below).
Any Falcon Heavy launch viewing package holder that does not yet have your vehicle placard, you may pick it up on February 6 at the parking lot east of the former ATX Center on Vectorspace Blvd. and immediately before the bridge on NASA Parkway/FL-405 on your right. Placard distribution at this site begins at 6:30 AM.
Please note your placard has a sticker identifying how many hours prior to launch you should arrive. Based on the launch window beginning at 1:30 PM, please match the arrival time below to your sticker information and plan to arrive at the correct time. This is important to minimize traffic as much as possible and allow guests to access their viewing locations. Plan on time for increased traffic and parking.
Arrive 6 hours prior to launch – 7:30 AM
Arrive 5 hours prior to launch – 8:30 AM
Arrive 4 hours prior to launch – 9:30 AM
Arrive 3 hours prior to launch – 10:30 AM
Arrive 2 hours prior to launch – 11:30 AM
The last bus for the Feel the Heat package with viewing at the Apollo/Saturn V Center will leave the main visitor complex at 10:30 AM in order have time for the Shuttle Landing Facility experience. Please plan enough time to allow for traffic, parking, security and bus boarding. Bus boarding will take place at the Bus Tours entrance within the visitor complex.
The Close package at Vectorspace Boulevard does not open until 11:30 AM, so please do not arrive earlier that day.
Feel the Heat Launch Viewing SOLD OUT
Where: Apollo/Saturn V Center, approximately 3.9 miles/6.27 kilometers from launch pad
Price: $195 per person
Feel the Heat of the Falcon Heavy rocket at the Apollo/Saturn V Center! This package includes an unparalleled view of the rocket on the launch pad from the Apollo/Saturn V Center (ASVC) - the closest you can get to the launch pad, plus access to an exclusive Shuttle Landing Facility Experience including seeing the final wheel stop for STS-135, space shuttle Atlantis. Stay updated on the launch from special guest speakers, live launch reports on our Jumbotron and communicator-led commentary. Enjoy a catered meal, 2 complimentary drinks and receive a SpaceX hat, commemorative champagne flute and digital photos on the day of the launch. Feel the Heat launch viewing also includes 2-day admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Closest Launch Viewing sold out
Where: The north lawn of Space Shuttle Atlantis®, approximately 7.5 miles/ 12 kilometers from launch pad
See the launch from the north lawn of Space Shuttle Atlantis®. The festive atmosphere includes live DJ entertainment before the launch, a reserved area for launch viewing and live launch information from our communicators and SpaceX’s live feed. Enjoy special buffet dining and receive a commemorative item in celebration of the historic launch. Enjoy all attractions at the main visitor complex. The Closest launch viewing package includes 2-day admission to the visitor complex.
Closer Launch Viewing sold out
Where: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, approximately 7.5 miles/ 12 kilometers from launch pad with rocket visible shortly after lift off
An incredible viewing opportunity with the Closer package includes 2-day admission. Spectators will hear live launch commentary in the Rocket Garden, with SpaceX’s live feed displayed throughout the visitor complex. Receive a commemorative item and explore all the attractions at the main visitor complex.
Close Launch Viewing SOLD OUT
Where: ATX Center on Vectorspace Blvd., approximately 12.5 miles from launch pad (6 miles west of the visitor complex)
See the rocket launch, overlooking the river, from the ATX Center on Vectorspace Blvd. Close launch viewing package includes live launch information on our Jumbotron and communicator-led commentary. Food, beverage and retail are available for purchase. Admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex or the ATX Center is not included with this package.
For each packages’ inclusions, FAQs and scrub policies, please visit the Falcon Heavy Launch Landing Page.
Due to the special nature and high demand of this launch and the various package options, this launch day will be a separately priced event that requires a launch package for admission. No other tickets will be redeemable on the day of the launch including annual passes, employee complimentary tickets, vouchers and any pre-paid admission tickets.
THE FALCON HEAVY ROCKET
The most powerful rocket this generation has ever seen, SpaceX’s new Falcon Heavy rocket, is now targeted to launch February 6, 2018 1:30 PM EST.
The Falcon Heavy can lift over double the payload, or cargo, as the next closest rocket, as it is designed for potential human spaceflight—perhaps back to the Moon or even Mars in the future. To put it in perspective, the rocket’s first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores, totaling 27 Merlin engines. Additionally, the second stage’s engine can be restarted many times, making multiple orbits possible.
SpaceX is attempting to land all three first stages of the rocket: two on land at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and one on the autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS), Of Course I Still Love You, in the Atlantic Ocean.
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. Please note that ticket prices are for all ages. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is not responsible for the launch’s status or schedule. Please carefully read and understand the scrub policies, available at the link for each package.
Photo credit: SpaceX Flickr