Central Florida Rocket Launch
Central Florida Rocket Launch at Kennedy Space Center – This event has been updated. This launch will take place no earlier than March 14th. If your kids are like mine, they’ll want to see it up close and personal! Please check the links below for the most updated dates and information in case there are further changes.
Central Florida Rocket Launch: United Launch Alliance Delta IV WGS-9
Witness liftoff of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The Delta IV rocket will carry WGS-9, the eighth satellite of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) for U.S. Air Force Space Command. WGS-9 will provide communications services to various branches of the U.S. military.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of launches with the purchase of a launch transportation/viewing ticket. Availability of viewing opportunities and locations is dependent upon the scheduled launch time and is subject to U.S. Air Force approval.
For launch transportation and viewing opportunities, tickets become available for purchase no earlier than 2 weeks before the launch date. You must purchase a daily admission ticket or an annual pass in order to use launch transportation/viewing tickets. The link to purchase launch transportation/viewing tickets will appear on the ticket web page when tickets become available. Ticket holders are transported by bus from the main visitor complex to special viewing areas, and bus boarding begins up to 3 hours ahead of the scheduled launch time.
Check back here for updated launch time and viewing opportunities, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for launch viewing announcements. Additional launch viewing located further from the launch site is available at the main visitor complex during operating hours with daily admission and does not require an additional ticket.
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. Learn more about our Launch Scrub Policy.
The Delta IV family of launch vehicles meets requirements to launch high-priority U.S. Air Force (USAF), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), NASA, and commercial payloads to orbit. The Delta IV launch system is available in five configurations: the Delta IV Medium (Delta IV M), three variants of the Delta IV Medium-Plus (Delta IV M+), and the Delta IV Heavy (Delta IV H). Each configuration is comprised of a common booster core (CBC), a cryogenic upper stage and either a 4-m-diameter or 5-m-diameter payload fairing (PLF). The Delta IV RS-68A main engine, designed and manufactured by Aerojet Rocketdyne, is the largest existing hydrogen-burning engine. This engine requires 80 percent fewer parts than the Space Shuttle Main Engine, is lower risk, has reduced development and production costs and has inherently reliable operation. The Delta IV second stages rely on the RL10 propulsion system, also manufactured by Aerojet Rocketdyne, to power their second stages. The Delta IV employs the RL10B-2 with the world’s largest carbon-carbon extendible nozzle. This rocket will fly in the Medium+ (5,4) configuration.
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