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Rocket Launch: Thursday, January 18, 2018 7:52 PM EST | ULA Atlas V SBIRS GEO-4

Jan 18, 2018 07:52 PM Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Space Launch Complex 41 ULA Atlas V SBIRS GEO-4



United Launch Alliance (ULA) is set to launch SBIRS GEO-4 on an Atlas V rocket, the fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous satellite. The satellite’s purpose is to provide the U.S. military with early warnings of missile detection.  



End your day with a rocket launch! Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of launches with the purchase of a launch transportation/viewing ticket. 

Launch viewing opportunities for SBIRS GEO-4 are available at the following locations:


  • Apollo/Saturn V Center, approximately 5.4 miles/8.7 kilometers from launch pad - $20 in addition to daily admission
  • LC-39 Observation Gantry, approximately 2.3 miles/3.7 kilometers from launch pad - $49 in addition to daily admission - SOLD OUT


Note that there is no viewing available at the main visitor complex. Tickets for launch viewing at the Apollo/Saturn V Center are now available online. Each location offers bleacher seating and launch commentary, and have access to restrooms, dining and souvenirs.

Because guests must purchase daily admission or have an annual pass to access these locations, we encourage you to arrive early and enjoy touring our attractions and exhibits before boarding the buses.




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 these special viewing areas at Kennedy Space Center, behind NASA’s gates. Security protocol requires that all ticket holders must be transported by only visitor complex tour buses to these secure facilities. Bus boarding for launch viewing/transportation ticket holders begins 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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