Launch Details

Launch Details

Payload Blog

SpaceX Falcon Heavy USSF-52

Dec 28, 2023 08:07 PM Launch Complex 39A • Kennedy Space Center


Watch the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy USSF-52 mission from one of the following locations:

Launch Viewing

Apollo/Saturn V Premium
Launch Transportation Ticket


$70 in addition to admission

Guests with a premium launch transportation ticket will ride the bus to the Apollo/Saturn V Center may want to skip the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour and spend time exploring other attractions. If guests with premium launch transportation tickets are at the Apollo/Saturn V Center when bus tours have concluded they will be provided a wristband to remain on site.

  • Approximately 4 miles/ 6 kilometers from the launch pad
  • Launch Transportation Ticket (LTT) required in addition to valid admission ticket
  • Check-in begins at 4:15 PM ET and buses will begin boarding at 4:30 PM ET in the Bus Embarkation Zone
  • Launch audio and commentary provided by a space-expert communicator
  • Launch video feed available inside Apollo/Saturn V Center on the People's Moon exhibit screens.


Designated Launch Viewing Areas

Included with admission

Atlantis North Lawn, located to the left when approaching Space Shuttle Atlantis®

Atlantis South Lot, located to the right through the white gates when approaching Space Shuttle Atlantis®

Gateway Pavilion, located to the right of the Rocket Garden

Space Mirror Memorial, located behind Orbit Cafe

  • Included with admission to the visitor complex
  • Approximately 7 miles / 12 kilometers from the launch pad
  • See the rocket once it clears the tree line
  • Viewing area opens at 5:30 PM
  • Launch audio, video, and communicator commentary available only at the Atlantis North Lawn and Atlantis South Lot
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SpaceX Falcon Heavy lifting off from LC39-A at night

NET December 28, 2023 | SpaceX Falcon Heavy USSF-52


  • Launch Provider: SpaceX
  • Rocket Type: Falcon Heavy
  • Payload: X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle
  • Booster(s): Outer Boosters - Landing Zones 1 & 2 / Center Booster - Expendable

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the USSF-52 mission for the United States Space Force. The Falcon Heavy will carry the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle on its seventh mission to complete a wide range of tests, including radiation effects on materials provided by NASA.