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Rocket Launch: January 19, 2020 10:30 AM | SpaceX Falcon 9 Commercial Crew In-Flight Abort Test (UNCREWED)

Jan 19, 2020 10:30 AM Kennedy Space Center LC-39A SpaceX Falcon 9 Commercial Crew In-Flight Abort Test (UNCREWED)

UPDATE January 19, 2020: SpaceX has announced they are now targeting Sunday, January 19th at 10:30 AM EST.


The test of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft will launch from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX will configure the spacecraft to trigger a launch escape shortly after liftoff and demonstrate Crew Dragon’s capability to safely separate from the rocket in the unlikely event of an in-flight emergency. It will also provide data to help NASA certify SpaceX’s crew transportation system for carrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

This in-flight abort test is a one of the final tests required to complete before astronauts can fly aboard the spacecraft.


Launch viewing opportunities for this In-Flight Abort Test is available at the following location:

Main visitor complex

  • Approximately 7.5 miles/ 12 kilometers from launch pad
  • Included with daily admission
  • Bleacher seating and launch commentary with access to restrooms.
  • Dining and souvenirs available for purchase.

Arrive Early!

Be sure to arrive early and prepare for increased attendance and traffic on launch days. The visitor complex opens at 7:30 AM for this morning test. Plan ahead for traffic, parking and security screening. Viewing locations and the available bleacher seating are first come, first served. Learn more about our Launch Scrub Policy.

After arriving and parking at the visitor complex:

Main visitor complex viewing:

  • Viewing from the main visitor complex does not require bus transportation. The North Atlantis Lawn will open at 7:30 AM with live launch commentary and video feed.
  • Check the Daily Schedule regarding the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour hours of operation on a launch day.

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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 Credit: SpaceX

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