BREVARD, FL – Space fans will be excited to know about an opportunity to see three launches in a single week. On August 27, at 2:16 am, United Launch Alliance will launch a Delta 4 Heavy, which features three common booster cores forming a triple-body rocket. The following evening on August 28, at 7:19 pm, a SpaceX Falcon 9 will take a unique path South past our shores on the way to the South Pole for CONAE, Argentina’s Space Agency. The SAOCOM 1B satellite requires a polar orbit, and it’s the first launch of its kind from Cape Canaveral since November 1960. This launch will also include a flyback of the booster to Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral for the first time since March 2020. Then, on August 29 at 10:30, SpaceX will launch another Falcon 9, this time as the Starlink 11 mission, launching the 12th batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network. Launch dates and times are subject to change due to being postponed or scrubbed at any time.
Florida’s Space Coast has plenty of hotels with great views and beach access to watch these launches from without the stress of traffic or finding a viewing location, including the new Hyatt Place Titusville Kennedy Space Center which has special “Launch View” rooms. The Space Coast Office of Tourism would like to share the following safety reminders with visitors: please do not park along roadways, follow social distancing guidelines, and consider wearing face coverings.