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Rocket Launch: November 15, 2018 3:46 PM EST | SpaceX Falcon 9 Es’hail-2

Nov 15, 2018 03:46 PM Kennedy Space Center, Launch Complex 39A SpaceX Falcon 9 Es’hail-2

MISSION

The next launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will send Qatar’s Es’hail-2 satellite into geostationary orbit. The communications satellite will connect amateur ham radio users from Brazil to Thailand, and will assist with broadcast and broadband connectivity to Qatar and neighboring countries.


LAUNCH VIEWING

Don’t miss the next rocket launch! Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of launches, as well as launch commentary, bleacher seating and access to visitor complex exhibits and attractions.

Launch viewing opportunities for Es’hail-2 are available at the following locations:


Apollo/Saturn V Center
Approximately 3.9 miles/6.27 kilometers from launch pad

  • Included with daily admission.
  • Bleacher seating and launch commentary with access to restrooms.
  • Dining and souvenirs available for purchase.
  • Buy Daily Admission

Main visitor complex
Approximately 7.5 miles/ 12 kilometers from launch pad

  • Included with daily admission.
  • Bleacher seating and launch commentary with access to restrooms.
  • Dining and souvenirs available for purchase.
  • Buy Daily Admission



Arrive Early!

Be sure to arrive early and prepare for increased attendance and traffic on launch days. The visitor complex opens at 9:00 AM daily. All viewing locations and the available bleacher seating are first come, first served. Learn more about our Launch Scrub Policy.


After arriving and parking at the visitor complex:

Apollo/Saturn V Center viewing:

  • Arrive early to ensure you have plenty of time to board the bus by the designated time. Viewing at the Apollo/Saturn V Center does not require an extra ticket for this specific launch, so the location is first come, first served until capacity is reached.
  • Kennedy Space Center buses transport from the inside the main visitor complex to these special viewing areas beyond NASA’s gates. Security protocol requires that all guests must be transported by only visitor complex tour buses to these secure facilities.

Main visitor complex viewing/daily admission only:

  • Viewing from the main visitor complex does not require bus transportation.
  • Check the Daily Schedule regarding the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour hours of operation on a launch day. If you wish to include the bus tour and the Apollo/ Saturn V Center in your day but do not want to remain there for the launch, be sure to take the tour either before or after the launch, depending on the scheduled launch time and visitor complex hours of operations/tours.


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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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