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Rocket Launch: March 2, 2019 2:48 AM EST | Commercial Crew SpaceX Demonstration Mission 1 (UNCREWED)

Mar 02, 2019 2:48 AM EST Kennedy Space Center LC-39A Commercial Crew SpaceX Demonstration Mission 1 (UNCREWED)

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 Commercial Crew SpaceX Demonstration Mission 1 will launch SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket from America’s multi-user spaceport, Kennedy Space Center. No astronauts will be on board for this demonstration mission, but this is the first launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, a spacecraft that will soon transport astronauts to the International Space Station.

Learn more about the first Commercial Crew Program flight assignments


LAUNCH VIEWING

Please read carefully as launch viewing opportunities for this historic launch are different than other rocket launches. These packages are available online only.


IMPORTANT: All ticket packages are non-refundable. 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. Launch viewing packages are only valid for the SpaceX Demonstration Mission 1 (Demo-1) launch. 

 

Feel the Heat Launch Viewing

Where: Apollo/Saturn V Center, approximately 3.9 miles/6.27 kilometers from launch pad
Price: $195 plus tax - available online only
Inclusions:

  • Apollo/Saturn V Center 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)
  • Up-close encounters with the Mars Rover Vehicle Navigator®, a futuristic concept vehicle, and a lunar rover just like the ones used by Apollo astronauts
  • Vehicle placard, required for entry
  • Catered meal
  • (2) Drink tickets
  • Complimentary retail souvenir
  • Commemorative SpaceX Demo-1 postcard
  • Lanyard and commemorative SpaceX Demo-1 badge
  • Digital photo of the day of the launch with a special background

The Feel the Heat package brings you as close to the launch pad as possible, with a view of the rocket on the launch pad from across the Banana Creek. 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.

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Feel the Fun Launch Viewing

Where: Space Shuttle Atlantis® North Lawn, approximately 7.5 miles/ 12 kilometers with minimal obstructions
Price: $115 plus tax - available online only
Inclusions:

  • Space Shuttle Atlantis® North Lawn Launch Viewing
  • 2-Day admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (2nd day re-entry after the launch date)
  • Vehicle placard, required for entry
  • Catered meal
  • Commemorative SpaceX Demo-1 postcard
  • Lanyard and commemorative SpaceX Demo-1 badge
  • Digital photo of the day of the launch with a special background

The Feel the Fun launch viewing package is perfect for the entire family, with plenty of fun activities as you anticipate the launch. Enhancements to this area include live, up-to-date launch information from our communicators and launch feed, music from a DJ and a Junior Astronaut Activity Area full of kid-friendly and space-inspired activities. From here, you will see the launch as soon as the rocket clears the trees.

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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.


Please note that package prices are for all ages. All packages include a vehicle placard that will be required for launch parking.  Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is not responsible for the launch’s status or schedule. Please review the Scrub Policy for each package. Email subscribers and package purchasers will be alerted by email of the official launch time and arrival information when available. The launch date is a current target date, but launches are subject to change. All launch packages are non-refundable.


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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.

At NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A, the nine engines of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket roar to life in a brief static firing on Jan. 24, 2019. The test was part of checkouts prior to its liftoff for Demo-1, the inaugural flight of one of the spacecraft designed to take NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

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