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Rocket Launch: January 31, 2018 4:25 PM | SpaceX Falcon 9 SES-16/GovSat 1

Jan 31, 2018 04:25 PM Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Space Launch Complex 40 Rocket Launch: January 31, 2018 4:25 PM | SpaceX Falcon 9 SES-16/GovSat 1



SpaceX is scheduled to launch the SES-16/GovSat 1 mission on a Falcon 9 rocket to place GovSat's first geostationary communications satellite into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). GovSat is a joint venture between SES and the government of Luxembourg. SpaceX will reuse a flight-proven Falcon 9 first stage for this mission.



If you purchased an LC-39 Observation Gantry Launch Viewing Ticket for the launch attempt on January 30, your ticket will be honored for the new date of January 31, 2018 at 4:25 PM. You will pick up your new ticket at the tent at the front entrance of the park on January 31.


Please note this is not the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch and tickets are launch mission specific and not interchangeable with other launches.


Once launch transportation and viewing opportunities are available, they may be purchased online using the VIP Launch Viewing tab. You must purchase a daily admission ticket or an annual pass in order to use launch viewing/transportation tickets.

Launch viewing opportunities for GovSat 1 are available at the following locations:


  • LC-39 Observation Gantry, approximately 3.4 miles/5.5 kilometers from launch pad - $49 in addition to daily admission, available to those who purchased a ticket for the original launch date.
  • Apollo/Saturn V Center, approximately 6.2 miles/10 kilometers from launch pad - included with daily admission; first come, first served until capacity is reached.
  • Main Visitor Complex, approximately 6.7 miles/10.8 kilometers from launch pad - included with daily admission.

Viewing locations offer bleacher seating and launch commentary with access to restrooms, dining and souvenirs. After arriving and parking at the visitor complex, launch viewing/transportation ticket holders are transported by bus from the inside the main visitor complex to special viewing areas at Kennedy Space Center, behind NASA security gates. Security protocol requires that all ticket holders must be transported only by visitor complex tour buses to these secure facilities. Boarding for launch viewing/transportation ticket holders begins up to three hours before the scheduled launch time as it takes time to load and transport ticket holders by bus.


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Availability of viewing opportunities and locations 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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