SpaceX is set to launch one of the company's Falcon 9 v1.1 rockets from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 at 10:21 a.m. EDT (14:21 GMT) on June 28. Here are some of the best locations from which to watch the launch. Photo Credit: Tony Gray / Robert Murray
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) is preparing to launch one of the company’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rockets from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 at 10:21 a.m. EDT (14:21 GMT) on Sunday, June 28. This particular F9 will launch the seventh operational Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-7) mission to the International Space Station. The Falcon will fly in the v1.1 configuration (that’s rocket scientist speak for a version of the booster with extended fuels tanks, nine Merlin engines in the “Octaweb” configuration and other upgrades). For those wanting to watch one of these powerful rockets take to the skies – Sunday could be a very good day.
But where do you go to watch it from? Which spots provide the best viewing opportunities? Which ones are horrible? What if you’re on a budget? Not all locations are ideal. While one spot might be perfect to view a Delta IV launch, that same spot could be terrible when viewing a launch of a Falcon 9. This is due to the sheer geographical footprint of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Here is SpaceFlight Insider’s recommendations for where to view this launch from:
While it might seem counter-intuitive, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex itself is not the best spot to view the launch. From the Visitor Complex proper, the view is restricted with the many landmarks located there – which makes getting a clear view difficult at best. However, if you want to get the full space “experience”– you can’t go wrong. You get to wander among the spacecraft and launch vehicles of days gone by. Or you can visit the Space Shuttle Atlantis in her $100 million exhibit and even meet an astronaut and then cap all that off by seeing a rocket launch! To find out more, click here: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex or call:
Port Canaveral: This is definitely one of the better viewing locations to watch the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket. Even better? It is totally free, incredibly easy to find, as well as being filled with locations from which to park (so long as you arrive early). All you need to do is park along SR-528 in the Port/Cape Canaveral area. One needs only to look for the cars parked along the side of the road. Okay, so you have figured out where you want to watch the launch from – how do you get there?
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