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Rocket Launch: April 30, 2019, 4:22 AM ET | SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-17

Apr 30, 2019 4:22 AM ET Kennedy Space Center LC-40 SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-17

UPDATE: The new launch date is April 30, 2019, 4:22 AM ET.

Due to the earlier time of day for the launch, only LC-39 Observation Gantry launch viewing will be offered. Ticket holders for this location will be notified of the new date and time of the launch.

If you purchased a launch viewing transportation ticket for the Banana Creek launch viewing area, refunds for your viewing tickets will be processed automatically within the next three to five business days. Daily admission tickets will remain valid.



A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Cargo Dragon spacecraft to deliver the next shipment of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station. This is the 17th SpaceX mission under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract.


Don’t miss the next rocket launch! Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of launches, as well as launch commentary and bleacher seating.

Launch viewing opportunities for CRS-17 are sold out:

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 retail item
  • Additional souvenirs available for purchase

Please read the below for arrival information for this early morning launch:

For this early morning launch, only those with a Launch Transportation Ticket will be permitted through the main entrance prior to the public opening at 9:00 AM. Daily admission is required in addition to these tickets, so after the launch, come back for the 9:00 AM opening and spend the day exploring the visitor complex! No launch viewing from the main visitor complex is offered for CRS-17. All exhibits and attractions will be closed for the launch until normal operating hours begin at 9:00 AM.

Prepare for increased attendance and traffic on launch days.  The available bleacher seating is first come, first served. Launch Viewing Transportation tickets 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:

  • Arrive early to ensure you have plenty of time to board your bus by the designated time. Bus boarding for LC-39 Observation Gantry begins at 3:45 AM at the nose of the Saturn 1B rocket.
  • The visitor complex cannot offer transportation accommodations for late arrivals.
  • Kennedy Space Center buses transport from the inside the main visitor complex to these special viewing areas beyond NASA’s gates. Security protocol requires that all ticket holders must be transported by only Kennedy Space Center buses to these secure facilities.
  • After the launch, guests will be transported back to the parking lot. You are welcome to enter the park at our regular opening time of 9:00 AM and explore the visitor complex all day. Hold onto your daily admission ticket for re-entry!

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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 is a likeness of a launch.

SpaceX CRS-16 Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket

Rocket Launch: April 30, 2019, 4:22 AM ET | SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-17

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