2019 launch schedule on the Space Coast

Let me apologize
I have been very busy at the center and have not had time to keep up with the busy launch schedule & keep this page updated.



However this is the official NASA launch schedule (this link omits the launches from CCAFS)


Photo credit:

Copied from the wall at the Launch viewing gantry along the crawlerway





"You may have missed"
          Falcon 9 Starlink V0.9 Launch from CX-40 > 5/15, 2230-0000L   CCAFS        
Atlas V AEHF-5 Launch from CX-41 > 6/27, 0600-0800L       CCAFS     
Minotaur IV AA-2 Launch from CX-46 > 7/2, 0700-1100L      CCAFS 

"You may have missed"
Falcon Heavy Arabsat-6A   Launch Complex 39A (Kennedy Space Center) 
Wednesday, 4/10/19
Launch Window: 1835-2032 Eastern Goal for launch:  1835 Eastern Time
Double Sonic booms as the boosters land back at the cape!
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Falcon 9 Commercial Crew Demonstration Mission-1 Launch  Location:  Launch Complex 39A: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Launch Window: 0245-0250 Eastern Time

-time to break out the kayak for a night paddle)


Excitement building along the space coast as the Gateway and Artemis projects are pushed forward

YouTube video with the NASA Administrator: BACK TO THE MOON IN FIVE YEARS (Excitement on KSC)

The 300' ML Mobile Launch Tower move to the beach launch pad



This page is difficult to keep updated for 2019.
2018 was a great year, with SpaceX landing the two rockets at KSC and then the final December launch just before Christmas.


It is hard to believe it has been eight years since the end of the shuttle program, and 2018 was supposed to be the year manned launches return to the Space Coast! (I was told both the Boeing and SpaceX manned launches slipped into 2019....


*****INSIDE THE GATE UPDATE.

I happened to meet with the SpaceX rep and causally mentioned the Dream Chaser---And was met with a snort of derision from the Xer (Because Sierra Nevada is two years behind X) -Anyway I did get a little bit of enjoyment by "Mentioning the competition!"


INSIDE THE GATE UPDATE   I scored a car pass for a NASA Causeway predawn launch -this Friday. I expect the bugs to be bad......

Launch Video for 2018

INSIDE THE GATE UPDATE:

The pre dawn SpaceX launch this morning was one of the best launches since the shuttle program.  Speechless...

Photo credit: NASA

2017 was a busy year for a rocket launches on the space coast. However was 2018 supposed to be the first manned launches in Florida since the retirement of the space shuttle fleet!   (I have been told this has been put off until 2019)


On the Kennedy Space Center beach, I may have found shuttle debris.....

Photo credit: NASA


Have to admit, this Launch Schedule website is amazing (Link takes you from this site)




New Space X Control Tower planned for Kennedy Space Center. --I was told to keep this under wraps, but the information is in the paper now!

I had to wince at their proposed tower construction as the space center is in the hurricane zone.


Photo credit: NASA


Shuttles are gone, but stories are forever....

Predawn kayaking to see the shuttle:

Kayak Space Shuttle Launch story


Kayak trip to see the last Space Shuttle launch


Ais Indian GOLD found on Banana Creek, KSC



Past launches:

(Decided not to delete the launches from the list as the happened)

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

CRS-14 Cargo Mission to International Space Station

Approximate launch date:  April 2, 2018 - 4:30 p.m.

 Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS)

Atlas Rocket on April 14 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS)  ha--the same day that is KSC open house, expecting 20,000 visitors touring the space center. What a traffic mess!

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

Approximate launch date:  April 16, 2018 - 6:32 p.m.

Mission: TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

Delta IV

Approximate launch date: July 31, from CCAFS.

The $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe mission will be good to watch

(Trying to confirm this date)

INSIDE KSC has a good video clip of the Delta rocket and probe



Atlas V

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft will launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Approximate launch date:  March  2019

Mission: Commercial Crew Boeing Orbital Flight Test


SpaceX Falcon 9

SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 39A

Approximate launch date:  January 2019

Commercial Crew SpaceX Demonstration Mission 1

 

Atlas V

Commercial Crew Boeing Crew Flight Test (Crewed)

 Approximate launch date:   November 2018

Two crew members will be aboard the Starliner for Boeing’s first commercial spaceflight to the station, launching on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

 

 Falcon 9

 Commercial Crew SpaceX Demonstration Mission 2 (Crewed)

 Approximate launch date:    December  2018

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, launching on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center.



SLS & EM1 animation. Best found so far.

(8 minutes)

Still waiting for the launch of NASA's new SLS rocket! 2019?


Already getting inquiries about how to watch the four astronauts scheduled to launch later this year. Word of caution, don't expect the dates to hold steady. Getting the rockets certified for crewed launches is far more tedious and cautious than the just shooting the impressive launches.

Expect glitches and delays, however the wait will be worth it!


Final note: I am torn.......I may have to work during the launches--in itself very exciting, yet to be on the water for the lift offs.......No words can describe the concussive punches of a rocket blasting from the pad!


"The most memorable space shuttle missions" (link takes you from this site, but is a good launch down memory lane.



Never forget you are guest in a wildlife sanctuary!

Wild Turkeys of Kennedy Space Center



Return home from Rocket Launches

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