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Rocket Launch

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The next scheduled rocket launch at Kennedy Space Center will be on April 2nd at 4:30pm EST.

SpaceX is scheduled to launch Dragon CRS-14 aboard Falcon 9 for a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The delivery of supplies and equipment will include science investigations for National Laboratory research. Highlights include:

  • The Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor, an Earth observatory that will study severe thunderstorms and their role in the Earth’s atmosphere and climate. 
  • An investigation that seeks to better understand how the lack of gravity affects a process used to produce high-performance products from metal powders. This research could lead to improved manufacturing techniques. 
  • Continuing research on growing food in space, as the Veggie Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System experiment tests a new way to deliver nutrients to plants

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of launches with the purchase of a launch viewing/transportation ticket. Availability of viewing opportunities and locations is dependent upon the scheduled launch time and is subject to NASA and U.S. Air Force approval. 

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch – Beyond The Parks Edition

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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch attempt in the afternoon of February 6th is expected to draw up to 100,000 viewers to Cape Canaveral and the surrounding area, according to the Space Coast Office of Tourism.

SpaceX says Falcon Heavy “the most powerful rocket this generation has ever seen.” The 230-foot-tall, three-booster rocket has a three-hour launch window Tuesday starting at 1:30 p.m. A scrub date is set for Wednesday. It will be the tallest rocket and most powerful to launch from Kennedy Space Center since the Saturn V rockets last used in the Apollo space program in 1973.  The Falcon Heavy will have three boosters instead of one, and 27 engines instead of nine, all of which must ignite simultaneously.

Kennedy Space Center said on its website Monday that several ticket packages were sold out, including the most expensive and closest — $195 to watch from the Apollo/Saturn launch complex.

“In order to manage the anticipated increased visitation to the visitor complex, all guests are required to pre-purchase one of the below ticket packages,” KSC’s website said. “Due to the special nature and high demand of this launch, and the various package options, this launch day will be a blackout date for other forms of admission.”

Besides the nature of the launcher, SpaceX is attempting another historic first- to land all three first stages of the rocket for reuse. Two will return on land at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and one on the autonomous barge, called “Of Course I Still Love You” in the Atlantic Ocean.