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Rocket Launch: February 17, 2020 10:05 AM EST | SpaceX Falcon 9 Starlink 5th Mission

Feb 17, 2020 10:05 AM Cape Canaveral Air Force Station SLC-40 SpaceX Falcon 9 Starlink 5th Mission

SpaceX is now targeting Monday, February 17, 10:05 AM for the Starlink 5th mission launch. Please note the updated launch viewing information.

  • The visitor complex will open early for launch viewing at 7:30 AM.
  • Bus boarding for launch viewing from the Apollo/Saturn V Center will begin at 7:45 AM at the regular bus boarding.
  • Launch transportation tickets previously purchased for the SpaceX Falcon 9 Starlink 5th mission launch remain valid. Bus boarding for launch viewing for the LC-39 Observation Gantry will begin at 8 AM at the engine end of the Saturn 1B rocket in the Rocket Garden.
  • Launch viewing from the North Atlantis Lawn will begin at 8 AM.

MISSION

SpaceX is set to launch more of their constellation of networked satellites known as Starlink in this 5th mission. 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.


LAUNCH VIEWING

Launch viewing opportunities for the 5th Starlink mission 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.
  • Additional souvenirs available for purchase.

Apollo/Saturn V Center

  • Approximately 6.2 miles/10 kilometers from launch pad
  • Included with daily admission
  • Bleacher seating and launch commentary with access to restrooms
  • Dining and souvenirs available for purchase
  • BUY ADMISSION

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 ADMISSION

Arrive Early!

Be sure to arrive early and prepare for increased attendance and traffic on launch days.  The visitor complex will open at 7:30 AM for launch viewing. All three viewing locations available bleacher seating are first come, first served. Launch Transportation Tickets (LTTs) 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:

Viewing at the LC-39 Observation Gantry and Apollo/Saturn V Center

  • Arrive early to ensure you have plenty of time to board your bus by the designated time.
    • Bus boarding for the Apollo/Saturn V Center begins at regular bus boarding at 7:45 AM. You do not need an additional ticket for this location—only daily admission.
    • Bus boarding for LC-39 begins inside the main visitor complex at 8 AM at the engine end of the Saturn 1B rocket. Have your LTT in hand.
  • Kennedy Space Center buses transport from inside the main visitor complex to these special viewing areas beyond NASA’s gates. Security protocol requires that you must be transported by only visitor complex tour buses to these secure facilities.

Main visitor complex viewing:

  • Viewing from the main visitor complex does not require bus transportation.
  • Bleacher seating and launch commentary is available at the Atlantis North Lawn located to the left and behind Space Shuttle Atlantis® and will begin at 8 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, take the tour after the launch if you do not go to the Apollo/Saturn V Center for launch viewing.

HELPFUL LINKS


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 Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX Falcon 9 launch from launch complex 40.

Rocket Launch: February 17, 2020 10:05 AM EST | SpaceX Falcon 9 Starlink 5th Mission


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