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Rocket Launch: December 16, 2019 7:10 PM EST | SpaceX Falcon 9 JCSAT-18/KACIFIC1

Dec 16, 2019 07:10 PM Cape Canaveral Air Force Station SLC-40 SpaceX Falcon 9 JCSAT-18/KACIFIC1

MISSION

SpaceX is set to launch another Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station SLC-40 this December. JCSAT-18/Kacific1 is a communications satellite owned by SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. of Japan and Kacific Broadband Satellites of Singapore. Built by Boeing, JCSAT-18/Kacific1 will provide mobile and broadband services across the Asia-Pacific region.


LAUNCH VIEWING

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 JCSAT are available at the following locations:

Banana Creek Launch Viewing Area at the Apollo/Saturn V Center

  • Approximately 6.2 miles/10 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.
  • Launch Transportation Tickets currently unavailable.

Main visitor complex

  • Approximately 6.7 miles/10.8 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. Daily admission is required for all launch viewing, so plan on spending the day exploring all of the attractions and exhibits at the visitor complex prior to the launch. All 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. For this evening launch, the visitor complex will remain open to guests until the launch or scrub, but all exhibits at the main visitor complex will close at 7:00 PM.


After arriving and parking at the visitor complex:

Apollo/Saturn V Center Launch Transportation 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 4:15 PM at the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour entrance.
  • Those with an Apollo/Saturn V Center ticket MUST scan their tickets at the bus boarding area at the main visitor complex starting at 4:15 PM. No guests may remain at the Apollo/Saturn V Center prior to the facility reopening for launch viewing.

Main visitor complex viewing/daily admission only:

  • Bleacher seating and launch commentary will be located in the North Atlantis Lawn viewing area, opening at 5:30 PM.
  • If you wish to include the bus tour and the Apollo/ Saturn V Center in your day, check the Daily Schedule regarding the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour hours of operation on a launch day.

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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.

Image is a likeness of a launch.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Merah Putih launch from Cape Canaveral SLC-40 in the evening.

Rocket Launch: December 16, 2019 7:10 PM EST | SpaceX Falcon 9 JCSAT-18/KACIFIC1


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