Where and when to see a rocket launch (and maybe a landing too)
Flat, flooded and crawling with crocodiles, Cape Canaveral – aka the House Coast, and where by all Apollo missions to the Moon introduced from – is the least difficult area in the earth to reliably witness a rocket start.
There are two significant destinations on Florida’s ‘Space Coast’ Nasa’s Kennedy House Heart (KSC) and, just up coming door, Cape Canaveral Air Pressure Station (CCAFS). Even though SpaceX often lands its reusable Falcon nine rocket on a drone-ship in the Atlantic Ocean, it typically launches them from KSC and lands them at CCAFS.
For SpaceX launches going from KSC’s Start Complex 39A, and for Nasa’s missions on United Start Alliance’s (ULA) Atlas V and Delta four rocket lifting-off from nearby 39B, there are viewing destinations in community regions.
From time to time, in addition to the Kennedy House Heart Visitor Complex’s $50/$forty (older people/kids) daily admission fee you can get tickets to watch a start from the LC-39 Observation Gantry ($forty nine), Banana Creek at the Apollo/Saturn V Heart, right across the water from the start pads ($20), or from Nasa Causeway ($forty).
Nonetheless, go wherever on Cocoa Beach south of Cape Canaveral and you may be ready to witness any rocket start – from a distance – for cost-free. Ditto Playalinda Beach to the north, or close to Titusville to the west. If you watch a SpaceX start, assume sonic booms.
You may discover start schedules at the Kennedy House Heart web-site and House Coast Launches.