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Rocket Launch: December 20, 2019 6:36 AM EST | ULA Atlas V Boeing CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test (UNCREWED)

Dec 20, 2019 06:36 AM Cape Canaveral Air Force Station SLC-41 ULA Atlas V Boeing CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test (UNCREWED)

UPDATE December 9: ULA and Boeing are now targeting a launch date of December 20, 2019 6:36 AM EST.


MISSION

It is time for a new era of space exploration where astronauts once again launch into space from American soil. Under the Commercial Crew Program, NASA and industry partners prepare for the next generation of American spacecraft that will launch astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) from here, the Space Coast of Florida.

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test (OFT) will launch the spacecraft aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station SLC-41 to the ISS. This is the first launch of Boeing’s Starliner, a spacecraft that will soon transport astronauts to the International Space Station. No astronauts will be on board for this demonstration mission, but this launch is a necessary step in returning human spaceflight to Florida.


LAUNCH VIEWING

Please read carefully as launch viewing opportunities for this historic launch are different than other rocket launches.

IMPORTANT: All ticket packages are non-refundable. To manage the anticipated increased visitation to the visitor complex, it is recommended that all guests viewing the upcoming ULA CST-100 Starliner OFT launch from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex pre-purchase any of the below ticket packages to guarantee admission. Launch viewing ticket packages are only valid for ULA Boeing CST-100 OFT. All packages include a vehicle placard that will be required for launch parking. Please carefully read and understand the scrub policies for each.

Launch viewing packages will be available to purchase on Monday, November 25th at 11 AM EST. Currently, no launch viewing packages are available for this launch yet. Check back for launch viewing opportunities from the visitor complex.


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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 conceptual art of the Starliner.


Boeing CST-100 Starliner in space conceptual art

Rocket Launch: December 20, 2019 6:36 AM EST | ULA Atlas V Boeing CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test (UNCREWED)

Feel The Heat Launch Viewing Package

Where: Apollo/Saturn V Center, approximately 5.4 miles/8.7 kilometers from launch pad

Price: $195 plus tax

The “Feel the Heat” package brings you as close to the launch pad as possible, with viewing from the Apollo/Saturn V Center! Stay up-to-date with live launch reports through our jumbo monitor and communicator-led commentary. Exhibits will be open to explore at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

Inclusions:

  • Apollo/Saturn V Center (ASVC) Launch Viewing, the closest you can get to the launch pad
  • 2-Day admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (2nd day re-entry after the launch date)
  • Vehicle placard, required for entry
  • Presentation and Meet and Greet with Mike Leinbach, final Launch Director of the Space Shuttle Program
  • Catered meal
  • Photo opportunity with a lunar rover and MRVN®, the Mars rover concept vehicle
  • Complimentary retail souvenir
  • Commemorative launch postcard, badge and lanyard
  • Digital photo from AstroPhotos

Arrive early! Bus boarding for Feel the Heat package holders will begin at 3:30 AM. 

Download the Feel the Heat Scrub Policy


BUY PACKAGE

Feel The Fun Launch Viewing Package

Where: Space Shuttle Atlantis® North Lawn, approximately 7.1 miles/11.4 kilometers with minimal obstructions

Price: $115 plus tax

Space Shuttle Atlantis North Lawn viewing is perfect for the entire family, with plenty of fun activities as you prepare for ULA’s launch attempt. Enhancements to this area include live, up-to-date launch information from our communicators and ULA’s live feed, and a Junior Astronaut Activity Area with kid-friendly and space-inspired activities. From here, you will see the launch as soon as the rocket clears the trees.

Inclusions:

  • Space Shuttle Atlantis North Lawn Launch Viewing, with minimal visual obstructions of the launch
  • 2-Day admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (2nd day re-entry after the launch date)
  • Vehicle placard, required for entry
  • Catered meal
  • Family-friendly activities and games
  • Complimentary retail souvenir
  • Commemorative launch postcard, badge and lanyard
  • Digital photo from AstroPhotos

Arrive early! The North Atlantis Lawn will open for Feel the Fun package holders at 5:00 AM.

Download the Feel the Fun Scrub Policy


BUY PACKAGE



Please note that package prices are for all ages. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is not responsible for the launch’s status or schedule. Please review the Scrub Policy for each package. All ticket packages are non-refundable.


Additional Add-On:

Add preferred parking to your package for $15. Preferred parking guarantees you a parking spot closest to the main visitor complex’s entrance. Limited availability.


Helpful Links:


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 conceptual art of the Starliner.

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