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Rocket Launch: November 11, 2019 9:56 AM EST | SpaceX Falcon 9 Starlink-1

Nov 11, 2019 09:56 AM Cape Canaveral Air Force Station SLC-40 SpaceX Falcon 9 Starlink

MISSION

In May 2019, SpaceX launched a constellation of networked satellites known as Starlink. The next group of satellites is set to launch this fall. The goal of Starlink is to create a network that will help provide internet services to those who are not yet connected, and to provide reliable and affordable internet across the globe.

SpaceX is using a flight-proven first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket and fairing. This is the 4th time this first stage is being launched, a record for SpaceX's reusability. The fairing, or the tip of the rocket that protects the payload, was previously launched aboard the Falcon Heavy ArabSat 6-A mission this past April. This is the first time SpaceX has reused a fairing.


LAUNCH VIEWING

Launch viewing opportunities for Starlink-1 are available at the following locations:

LC-39 Observation Gantry - SOLD OUT

  • Approximately 3.4 miles/5.5 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.

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.

Main visitor complex

  • Approximately 4 miles/6.4 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. The visitor complex opens at 7:00 AM for the Starlink launch, but the exhibits and shows will open at 9:00 AM for normal operating hours. Parking and the ticket plaza will open at 6:30 AM. 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.


After arriving and parking at the visitor complex:

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

  • Arrive early to ensure you have plenty of time to board your bus by the designated time.
  • Please arrive at the following locations by the time of bus boarding:
    • Apollo/Saturn V Center LTT bus boarding begins at 7:15 AM at the bus tour embarkation.
    • LC-39 LTT bus boarding begins at 8:15 AM at the engine end of the Saturn 1B rocket. Follow signs 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.

Main visitor complex viewing/daily admission only:

  • Viewing from the main visitor complex does not require bus transportation. View the launch with live commentary from the North Atlantis Lawn, located next to Space Shuttle Atlantis®. The viewing area will open at 8:00 AM.
  • 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, be sure to take the tour after the launch. Bus tours are expected to resume around 11:00 AM.

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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: November 11, 2019 9:56 AM EST | SpaceX Falcon 9 Starlink-1


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