Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests can experience the stunning sights and powerful sounds of the April 24 launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled for 6:14 p.m., with three exclusive launch viewing locations from which to choose. The Falcon 9 rocket will lift off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSat. SpaceX is launching this satellite for Thales Alenia Space.
The TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSat will provide the first national satellite telecommunications systems in Turkmenistan and includes coverage zones across Europe, Central Asia and Africa.
The Visitor Complex will offer launch viewing from the LC-39 Observation Gantry and Apollo/Saturn V Center, located within the secured areas of Kennedy Space Center, as well as bleacher seating or an open lawn viewing area near Space Shuttle AtlantisSM in the main Visitor Complex.
Each of the locations offers thrilling viewing experiences:
- The LC-39 Observation Gantry offers a premium, up-close view of the rocket on the launch pad and during lift off. Just 3.4 miles away from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, guests can feel the force of the launch and hear the roar of the engines. This area features lawn and bleacher seating, as well as live launch commentary. The viewing package includes launch transportation, a light snack and a souvenir T-shirt. Launch Transportation Tickets to LC-39 Observation Gantry are available for $49 in addition to admission. Purchase tickets by calling 855-475-8415. Bus boarding for guests with Launch Transportation Tickets to this location begins at 4:30 p.m.
- The Apollo/Saturn V Center is located within Kennedy Space Center and is approximately six miles from Space Launch Complex 40. The viewing area features an open lawn and bleacher section overlooking the scenic Banana River. The area includes live launch commentary, food and retail available for purchase, and indoor restroom facilities. Launch Transportation Tickets to Apollo/Saturn V Center are available for $20 in addition to admission. Tickets may be purchased online at KennedySpaceCenter.com or by calling 866-870-6239. Buses from the Visitor Complex will begin taking guests with Launch Transportation Tickets to the Apollo/Saturn V Center at 3:30 p.m.
- Located at the main Visitor Complex, viewing adjacent to Space Shuttle Atlantis is included in daily admission. The viewing area is approximately seven miles from the launch pad and offers guests a view of the rocket once it clears the tree line. Bleacher seating, an open lawn viewing area and live launch commentary are provided.
Admission to the Visitor Complex is $50 plus tax for adults and $40 plus tax for children 3-11. Tickets may be purchased at www.KennedySpaceCenter.com or by calling 877-313-2610.
As a reminder, launch date, time and viewing locations are subject to change.