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Rocket Launch: August 22, 2019 9:06 AM EDT | ULA Delta IV GPS III SV02

Aug 22, 2019 09:06 AM Cape Canaveral Air Force Station SLC-37 ULA Delta IV GPS III SV02

MISSION

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket will launch GPS III SV02 this August for the United States Air Force. GPS III SV02 will join GPS III SV01 (launched December 2018) and other operational global positioning systems (GPS) satellites already in orbit. GPS delivers positioning, navigation and timing services supporting the United States and other operations. GPS III SV02 will help bring higher power and more accurate signals that are harder to jam.

The satellite has been named “Magellan” after Ferdinand Magellan, the explorer who led the first expedition to circumnavigate Earth. This is the last opportunity to see the launch of Delta IV Medium rocket, as this is its final flight.


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 GPS III SV02 are available at the following locations:

LC-39 Observation Gantry - SOLD OUT

  • Approximately 5.5 miles/8.9 kilometers from launch pad
  • $49 in addition to daily admission
  • Bleacher seating and launch commentary with access to restrooms.
  • Includes light meal and souvenir
  • Souvenirs available for purchase.

Apollo/Saturn V Center

  • Approximately 8 miles/12.8 kilometers from launch pad
  • $20 in addition to daily admission
  • Bleacher seating and launch commentary with access to restrooms.
  • Dining and souvenirs available for purchase.

Main visitor complex

  • Approximately 7 miles/11.3 kilometers from launch pad
  • Included with daily admission
  • Bleacher seating and launch commentary with access to restrooms.
  • Dining and souvenirs available for purchase.


Arrive Early!

Be sure to arrive early and prepare for increased attendance and traffic on launch days. Because each location requires the purchase of daily admission, the visitor complex encourages you to spend the day touring the many exhibits and attractions after the launch. All three viewing locations and the available bleacher seating are first come, first served. Launch Viewing Transportation tickets are date and mission specific, and are not valid for other launches. Learn more about our Launch Scrub Policy.

The visitor complex will open at 6:00 AM to those who wish to see the launch. All exhibits and shows at the main visitor complex will open at normal time, 9:00 AM. The parking plaza will open at 5:30 AM.


After arriving and parking at the visitor complex:

LC-39 and Apollo/Saturn V Center ticket holders:

  • Arrive early to ensure you have plenty of time to board your bus by the designated time:
    • Apollo/Saturn V Center: bus boarding begins at 6:15 AM at the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour entrance
    • LC-39: bus boarding begins at 7:15 AM at the engine of the Saturn 1B rocket in the Rocket Garden. Please follow signage upon arrival.
  • 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 ticket holders must be transported by only visitor complex tour buses to these secure facilities.

LC-39 and Apollo/Saturn V Center ticket holders:

  • The Atlantis North Lawn viewing area opens at 7:00 AM. The entrance is to the left of Space Shuttle Atlantis®.
  • The viewing area includes bleacher seating, live launch feed on a jumbo monitor and launch commentary.
  • 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 for this launch day. If you wish to add the bus tour and the Apollo/ Saturn V Center in your day, be sure to take the tour after the launch.


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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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Rocket Launch: August 22, 2019 9:06 AM EDT | ULA Delta IV GPS III SV02


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