Pad Information


 

lc-39A:

The historic Launch Complex-39A is located in Kennedy Space Center and is the second most northern launch pad on the Space Coast. LC-39A is currently leased to SpaceX and supports both Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, with future plans to support Starship.

Status: Active.
Owned by: NASA.
Leased to: SpaceX.
Current Vehicles: Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy.
Future Vehicles: Starship (BFR).
Past Vehicles: Saturn V, Space Shuttle.


 

LZ-1/2:

SpaceX Landing Zones 1 and 2 (LZ-1, LZ-2) are located on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and are where SpaceX conducts Return To Launch Site (RTLS) booster landings of their Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles.

Status: Active.
Owned by: CCAFS.
Leased to: SpaceX.
Current Vehicles: Falcon 9 (landing), Falcon Heavy (landing).
Future Vehicles: N/A.
Past Vehicles: Atlas, Atlas Agena.


Image from SpaceX.

ocisly drone ship:

SpaceX’s Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY) drone ship is used for ASDS booster landings of Falcon 9 and the Falcon Heavy center core. It’s location can vary from under 15 miles to over 780 miles offshore depending on the launch.

Status: Active.
Operated by: SpaceX.
Current Vehicles: Falcon 9 (landing), Falcon Heavy (landing).
Future Vehicles: N/A.
Past Vehicles: N/A.


Viewing Locations


viewing location selection:

Below you’ll find a list of our favorite viewing spots for launches from LC-39A. Keep in mind that there are many more locations that aren’t listed here. We narrowed the selection to our top five in attempt to make it easier for first-time launchgoers to choose their locations. No matter which location you choose from the list below, you’ll have an amazing launch experience!


1. Playalinda beach:

Known for its beautiful shores and extremely close proximity to LC-39A, it’s no wonder why Playalinda Beach is one of the most popular viewing locations on the Space Coast. At only 3 miles from the pad, Playalinda Beach is the closest viewing location available to the public for launches from LC-39A. Launchgoers who choose this location need to be ready to arrive hours before launch to claim their spot, as parking is extremely limited. Those seeking amenities such as food, water, and A/C will want to consider other options as Playalinda Beach only offers a relatively primitive restroom. Cellular connection is spotty at best, but there are volunteers at check points along the beach who will happily answer any questions you have and provide launch updates. Though this location is amazing for viewing the launch, its distance and obstructed view of the landing pads makes it tough to recommend for those more interested in viewing RTLS booster landings. It’s also important to note that Playalinda Beach doesn’t remain open past normal operating hours for launch viewing.

Distance to LC-39A: ~3 miles.
Distance to LZ-1/2: ~13 miles.
Viewing Cost: Free.
Parking Cost: $10/car (extremely limited parking).
Hours: Sunrise - Sunset (doesn’t remain open past normal hours for launches).
Amenities: Restrooms.
Website: https://bit.ly/2Gxc8qH

 

2. KSCVC banana creek/saturn v center:

Located only 3.9 miles from LC-39A and with a clear view of the launch, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center’s (KSCVC) Banana Creek viewing is another amazing viewing location. Tickets can be purchased through the KSCVC website, though they can get pretty expensive — especially for Falcon Heavy launches, with prices shooting up to over $200. Despite this, launchgoers will need to act fast if they wish to view from this location as tickets sell out rather quickly. The Apollo/Saturn V center offers all the amenities; including food, A/C, live launch coverage, and even guest speakers. While this location is great for viewing the launch, it’s distance and obstructed view of the landing pads makes it tough to recommend for those more interested in viewing RTLS booster landings. KSCVC typically offers viewing for launches outside of normal operating hours. We don’t recommend KSCVC’s other viewing options for LC-39A launches as there are plenty of other viewing locations, many of which free, that offer a better view of launch.

Distance to LC-39A: 3.9 miles.
Distance to LZ-1/2: 11.1 miles.
Viewing Cost: $50 - $300 (varies depending on the launch).
Parking Cost: Transportation provided by KSCVC.
Hours: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (stays open for launches).
Amenities: Food, restrooms, live countdown, A/C, and more.
Website: https://bit.ly/UoRQTM

 

 

3. Jetty park:

While this Jetty Park is located about 14 miles from LC-39A and has a pretty obstructed view of the launch, it’s under 6 miles from SpaceX Landing Zones 1 and 2, making this the best possible location for viewing RTLS booster landings. This is another incredibly popular viewing location due to its close proximity to LZ-1/2, beautiful shores, camping options, food, and pier for better viewing. For high-profile launches, such as Falcon Heavy, launchgoers should plan on getting to the park a few hours before launch in order to secure a parking spot. Other than the cost of parking, this location is free to view from. As we said before, Jetty Park is rather far from LC-39A and its obstructed view of launch makes it hard to recommend for those more interested in viewing the launch than the RTLS booster landing. Jetty Park typically remains open past normal operating hours for launch viewing.

Distance to LC-39A: ~14 miles.
Distance to LZ-1/2: ~6 miles.
Viewing Cost: Free.
Parking Cost: $15/car.
Hours: 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM (stays open for launches).
Amenities: Food and restrooms.
Website: https://bit.ly/2ZGLPTB


 

4. Max brewer Bridge:

The Max Brewer Bridge is one of the easiest (and cheapest) locations to view a launch from. It’s simple “find a spot and pullover” nature makes it a very popular viewing location, especially among the locals. Not to mention that from the top of the bridge you have an unobstructed view of LC-39A, under 12 miles away. Since this is a public road, it’s open for launch viewing 24/7. Though they may close the bridge to vehicle traffic for high-profile launches such as Falcon Heavy, pedestrian traffic is still permitted. Those seeking amenities such as food and restrooms will want to consider other options as Max Brewer doesn’t offer any. Though 18 miles from LZ-1/2, it’s elevated view provides a decent view of RTLS booster landings.

Distance to LC-39A: ~12 miles.
Distance to LZ-1/2: ~18 miles.
Viewing Cost: Free.
Parking Cost: Free.
Hours: 24/7.
Amenities: None.
Website: N/A.


 

5. Space View Park:

Popular for it’s clear line of sight to LC-39A and amazing volunteers, Space View Park is another great viewing location. Free to park and view from, Space View Park is also among the cheapest locations on our list. Though similar to viewing from Max Brewer, Space View Park does offer a few amenities such as restrooms. Engaging with and informing launchgoers while also playing a live launch countdown, the volunteers you find at this location do everything they can to make it an unforgettable and immensely educational experience, especially for first-timers and children. Parking is limited though, so launchgoers will need to come a little early to claim their spot. At 18 miles from LZ-1/2, this may not be the best location for those more interested in viewing RTLS booster landings. Space View Park is open 24/7, making it available for launches at any time.

Distance to LC-39A: ~12 miles.
Distance to LZ-1/2: ~18 miles.
Viewing Cost: Free.
Parking Cost: Free.
Hours: 24/7.
Amenities: None.
Website: N/A.