Things To Do On Florida’s Space Coast

Florida’s space Coast is one of a few places on Earth where visitors can witness a rocket launch

If you are visiting to view a launch, you have two great viewing options:
Kennedy Space Center: A limited number of Launch Transportation Tickets for viewing selected Expendable Launch Vehicle launches on Center are available for purchase through KSC Visitor complex. This ticket provides transportation to the KSC Visitor Complex viewing site 7 miles from the shuttle pads. Launch viewing also available within the Visitor Complex at the Rocket Garden. Call (321) 449-4444.

Public Launch Viewing Venues: Even though Kennedy Space Center offers the best seats in the house
there are also many prime viewing areas outside of the complex such as along the shores of the Indian River
U.S. Space Walk of Fame, the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, the Cocoa Beach Pier or any of the beaches south of Port Canaveral.

Kennedy Space Center & Cape Canaveral Launch Schedule

Kennedy Space Center & Cape Canaveral has long been our nation’s gateway to exploring, discovering & understanding our universe. View our launch schedule below & join us during this new era of space discovery.

Date:April 17
Mission: Orbital Sciences Corporation Test Flight
Launch Vehicle: Antares
Launch Site: Wallops Flight Facility, Va.
Launch Pad: 0A
Description: Orbital Sciences is scheduled to test its Antares rocket. Testing will enable the rocket to eventually carry experiments and supplies to the International Space Station.

Date: April 24
Launch Vehicle: ISS Progress 51
Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Description: Progress 51 will carry supplies, hardware, fuel and water to the International Space Station.

Date: May 28, 4:31 p.m. EDT
Mission:Expedition 36/37
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 35 (TMA-09M)
Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Description:Soyuz 35 will carry three Expedition 36/37 crew members to the International Space Station.

Date: June 5
Mission: ISS Automated Transfer Vehicle 4
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5
Launch Site: Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana
Launch Pad: ELA-3
Description: The European Space Agency’s ATV-4, also known as the “Albert Einstein,” will deliver several tons of supplies to the International Space Station. It will dock with the Zvezda Service Module, part of the Russian segment of the station, on June 15.

Date: June 26. All launch vehicle, spacecraft and integration activities will continue to protect for a launch date of May 28.
Mission: Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS)
Launch Vehicle: Pegasus XL
Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Description: IRIS is designed to provide significant new information to increase our understanding of energy transport into the corona and solar wind and provide an archetype for all stellar atmospheres.

Date: July 24
Launch Vehicle: ISS Progress 52
Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Description: Progress 52 will carry supplies, hardware, fuel and water to the International Space Station.

Date: August 12
Mission: Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE)
Launch Vehicle: Minotaur V
Launch Site: Wallops Flight Facility, Va.
Launch Pad: Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0B
Description: LADEE will gather detailed information about conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust. A thorough understanding of these influences will help researchers understand how future exploration may shape the lunar environment and how the environment may affect future explorers.

Date: September 25
Mission:Expedition 37/38
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 36 (TMA-10M)
Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Description: Soyuz 36 will carry three Expedition 37/38 crew members to the International Space Station.

Date: October 16
Launch Vehicle: ISS Progress 53
Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Description: Progress 53 will carry supplies, hardware, fuel and water to the International Space Station.

Date: November 11
Mission: SpaceX 3 Commercial Resupply Services flight
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 40
Description: SpaceX 3 will be the third commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX).

Date: November 18
Mission: Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN)
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 41
Description: MAVEN will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. The mission’s goal is to determine the role that loss of atmospheric gas to space played in changing the Martian climate through time.

Date: November 25
Mission:Expedition 38/39
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 37(TMA-11M)
Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Description: Soyuz 37 will carry three Expedition 38/39 crew members to the International Space Station.

Date: December 11
Assembly Flight: 3R
Mission: Multipurpose Laboratory Module with European Robotic Arm (ERA)
Launch Vehicle: Russian Proton
Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Description: A Russian Proton rocket will deliver the Multipurpose Laboratory Module with European Robotic Arm (ERA) to the International Space Station.