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Rocket Launch: March 1, 2018 5:02 PM EST | ULA Atlas V GOES-S

Mar 01, 2018 05:02 PM Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Space Launch Complex 41 ULA Atlas V GOES-S



United Launch Alliance (ULA) will launch the GOES-S mission on an Atlas V rocket to place the GOES-S weather satellite in orbit for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Built by Lockheed Martin, GOES-S is the second in a series of four advanced geostationary weather satellites. Atlas V will fly in the 541 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, four solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.  



Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of launches with the purchase of a launch viewing/ ticket. 

Launch viewing opportunities for ULA GOES-S are available at the following locations:


  • SOLD OUT LC-39 Observation Gantry, approximately 2.3 miles/3.7 kilometers from launch pad - $49 in addition to daily admission.
  • Main Visitor Complex, approximately 7.1 miles/11.4 kilometers from launch pad - included with daily admission.


Tickets for launch viewing at LC-39 are now available online. Both locations offer bleacher seating, 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 busses.


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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Rocket Launch: March 1, 2018 5:02 PM EST | ULA Atlas V GOES-S

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