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Rocket Launch: May 23, 2019 10:30 PM EDT | SpaceX Falcon 9 Starlink

May 23, 2019 10:30 PM Cape Canaveral Air Force Station SLC-40 SpaceX Falcon 9 Starlink

UPDATE Tues, May 21: The new launch date for SpaceX Starlink is Thursday, May 23rd at 10:30 PM EDT. Guest currently holding launch transportation tickets purchased for the previous launch attempt on May 16th remain valid for the May 23rd attempt.


SpaceX is set to launch the first piece of their Internet satellite constellation system atop a Falcon 9 rocket.


Currently, no launch viewing tickets are available for this launch as we await a new target launch date. Check back as launch dates and times are confirmed, and for possible launch viewing opportunities from the visitor complex.


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

Launch viewing opportunities for Starlink:

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 late evening launch:

Only those with a Launch Transportation Ticket will be permitted through the main entrance after normal visitor complex operating hours. The visitor complex will reopen at 8:30 PM after the normal 6:00 PM close. Daily admission is required in addition Launch Transportation Tickets, so before the launch, spend the day exploring the visitor complex! All exhibits and attractions will be closed for the launch, and guests will not be permitted to remain at the visitor complex between park close and it’s reopening at 8:30 PM. No launch viewing is offered from the main visitor complex for Starlink.

Prepare for increased attendance and traffic on launch days. 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 Launch Transportation Ticket holders begins at 8:45 PM at the bus tour entrance.
  • The visitor complex cannot offer transportation accommodations for late arrivals.
  • Kennedy Space Center buses transport from the inside the main visitor complex to this special viewing area beyond NASA’s gates. Security protocol requires that all ticket holders must be transported by only Kennedy Space Center buses to these secure facilities.
  • If you explore the visitor complex during the day before the launch, be sure to hold onto your daily admission ticket for re-entry!


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.

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