Pad Information


 

slc-41

Space Launch Complex-41 is located on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS). SLC-41 is currently used by United Launch Alliance (ULA) and supports their Atlas V launch vehicle.

Status: Active.
Owned by: CCAFS.
Used by: ULA.
Current Vehicles: Atlas V.
Future Vehicles: Vulcan Centaur.
Past Vehicles: Titan III, Titan IV.


Viewing Locations


viewing location selection:

Below you’ll find a list of our favorite viewing spots for launches from SLC-41. 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. KSCVC LC-39 observation gantry:

Located only 2.3 miles from SLC-41 and with a clear view of the launch, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center’s (KSCVC) LC-39 Observation Gantry viewing is the closest possible viewing location available to the public. It’s important to note that this location isn’t always available for launches. When it is, tickets can be purchased through the KSCVC website. Because of this, launchgoers will need to act fast if they wish to view from this location as tickets sell out extremely quickly. The LC-39 Observation Gantry offers some amenities including restrooms and live launch coverage. KSCVC typically offers viewing for launches outside of normal operating hours. If Observation Gantry tickets aren’t available, KSCVC’s Apollo/Saturn V Center viewing option is a great backup plan.

Distance to SLC-41: 2.3 miles.
Viewing Cost: $40 - $80 (varies depending on the launch).
Parking Cost: Transportation provided by KSCVC.
Hours: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (stays open for launches).
Amenities: Restrooms, live countdown, and more.
Website: https://bit.ly/UoRQTM

 

 

2. kARS PARK

With generally small crowds and a clear line of sight to the pad, KARS Park is one of the Space Coast’s hidden gems. This location is around 11 miles south of SLC-41. KARS park also offers a good amount of amenities, including bathrooms and a shop where you can purchase food and beverage. Though open from sunrise to sunset, this location sometimes remains open for launches outside of normal operating hours. Camping options are available for active and retired military as well as KSC employees. Because of this, there are often extremely knowledgeable individuals there that are happy to answer any questions you may have. Launch viewing is open to the public, with parking costing $5 per car. Parking is limited, so plan to get here a little early to claim your spot.

Distance to SLC-41: 11 miles.
Viewing Cost: Free.
Parking Cost: $5/car (limited parking).
Hours: Sunrise - Sunset (sometimes remain open past this for launches).
Amenities: Restrooms, Food, and more.
Website: https://go.nasa.gov/2IzoLAx


 

3. PLAYALINDA BEACH:

Known for its beautiful shores and close proximity to most launch pads, it’s no wonder why Playalinda Beach is one of the most popular viewing locations on the Space Coast. At only 7 miles from the pad, Playalinda Beach is the closer viewing location available to the public for launches from SLC-41. Launchgoers who choose this location need to be ready to arrive a few 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. It’s also important to note that Playalinda Beach doesn’t remain open past normal operating hours for launch viewing.

Distance to SLC-41: ~7 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


 

4. KSCVC BANANA CREEK/SATURN V CENTER:

Located only 5.4 miles from SLC-41 and with a clear view of the launch, Banana Creek viewing is another amazing viewing option offered by KSCVC. Tickets can be purchased through the KSCVC website and 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. KSCVC typically offers viewing for launches outside of normal operating hours. Excluding the LC-39 Observation Gantry, we don’t recommend KSCVC’s other viewing options for SLC-41 launches as there are plenty of other viewing locations, many of which free, that offer a better view of launch.

Distance to SLC-41: 5.4 miles.
Viewing Cost: $20 - $80.
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


 

5. Space View Park:

Popular for it’s clear line of sight to SLC-41 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. 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. Space View Park is open 24/7, making it available for launches at any time.

Distance to SLC-41: ~13.5 miles.
Viewing Cost: Free.
Parking Cost: Free.
Hours: 24/7.
Amenities: Restrooms.
Website: N/A.