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    Default Questions Regarding Rocket Launches at Cape Canaveral



    Hi all,
    My family and I are vacationing in Florida and we're hoping to catch the rocket launch tomorrow evening. The Delta 4 rocket launch carrying a Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft is scheduled for 8/7 around 8:29 - 9:18 PM (EST) from SLC-37B. I have a few questions for any locals/regulars of these launches if you can help me out.

    For those familiar with the area, my first question is how is the view of SLC-37B from the Kennedy Space Center visitor's complex? We're planning to be at the Space Center most of the day, so I figured we would watch the launch from there also. As I understand it, the facility is about 7 miles away from the launch pad. I just don't know how clear of obstructions the view will be.

    I read that the best view may be from Port Canaveral Jetty Park about 8 miles away. If we do go to Port Canaveral, about how early should we arrive? I have two young kids, so I don't want to get there too early. I understand this may be prime real estate for this launch also, so I don't want to get there too late either. Any recommendations?

    I've watched several live launches on the NASA channel, so my other question is in regards to dreaded delays. Does NASA republish a new launch window if they go outside the normal time frame? I remember waiting to watch a launch on tv for several hours and finally gave up. Really hoping to see this one live, but given the thunderstorms here the past few nights, I'm feeling skeptical. Finger's crossed.

    Thanks in advance for any tips and pointers.
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    Default Re: Questions Regarding Rocket Launches at Cape Canaveral

    Jetty Park is a good spot to watch the launch, but if you happen to be in the Titusville area (US 1) just pull into anyone of the parks along the roadway or in the Empty Malls and you have a good seat. I am located 38 air miles up the road in Daytona Beach and i can watch the launches from my yard with no problem. It was really great when the Shuttle was in operation, They were GREAT to see from home!! Especially night launches.

    If your a HAM operator try 147.450, 146.940 local repeaters to listen in. or if you have a scanner try 411.400, 411.450, 411.7375, for KSC.
    TV Channel six, WKMG usually goes live on the air a few minutes before the launch to cover it.

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    Default Re: Questions Regarding Rocket Launches at Cape Canaveral

    I envy you guys Rob! I ended up watching the launch from the KSC Visitor's Center and it was amazing. The weather cooperated and the launch went off as scheduled. I was in such awe when the rockets ignited and the horizon lit up bright orange that I forgot to hit record on my camera until almost 5 seconds after launch! Would have loved to have seen a shuttle launch.


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    Default Re: Questions Regarding Rocket Launches at Cape Canaveral

    I was at my dad's house celebrating his 75th Birthday when the Delta 4 lifted off, dad is located 51 air miles from KSC and we could see the Delta 4 clear as day, very bright, could actually see the boosters separate and watched it for a solid 6-7 minutes it was so clear out. He has a telescope also but we forgot to use it to track the rocket. Darn.. That would have been a sight!

    Glad you enjoyed the launch.

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