Rocket Launch Viewing Guide for Cape Canaveral
Atlas 5, Delta 4, Falcon 9
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In this very wide-angle view, a Delta 4 rocket launches into space at sunset, as
seen from a riverside spot near Port Canaveral.
KEEPING UPDATED

Up to date information on launch countdowns can best be found at the following
places online. You should continue to check the status of the launch up until you
leave your home, as well as after you leave on your smartphone.

LIVE BLOG UPDATES

www.SpaceflightNow.com has a "mission status center" they normally provide on
launch day for all Cape launches. ULA has a
live update blog for Atlas and Delta
launches.

WEBCASTS

You can watch a live webcast of every launch on your smartphone. They can be
found at 1) the Spaceflight Now mission status center page, 2) at
spacex.com for
Falcon launchesl;
ulalaunch.com for Atlas and Delta launches, or 3) on NASA TV
for launches of any rocket if it is carrying a NASA payload. Keep in mind the
webcast is usually on a delay of anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds or more, so the
launch may take place while they still appear to be counting down.

TWITTER

Twitter may be the best place to stay updated these days. Follow:

@SpaceflightNow
, @ULAlaunch, @SpaceX and a few other accounts such as
@torybruno.

Finally, you can keep track of future Cape Canaveral launch dates right here on this
page, or on the Spaceflight Now
launch schedule. If you have further questions, or
want to know how to photograph launches, please
ask.
A sunset Atlas 5 launch as seen from Playalinda Beach. This version had no solid strap-on boosters
and therefore no smoke trail coming from the rocket. This photo was taken with a telephoto lens.
FALCON 9 LAUNCHES FROM PAD 40

Falcon 9 rockets also launch from Complex 40 (28.562 N, 80.577 W).

For Pad 40, the best spot for Falcon 9 launches is the LC-39 Observation Gantry, at just 3.4 miles away, via tickets sold through the KSC Visitor Complex. Similarly, if offered, the NASA
causeway offers viewing at just 4.0 miles from the pad. Playalinda Beach (6.3 miles, at least partially obstructed view in most places) and the Saturn V Center (also 6.3 miles but clear view)
are also options. Playalinda is obstructed depending on what spot you are in. If you walk down the beach to get to the 6.3 mile mark, you cannot see the pad. If you stay back by the parking
area or along the road to the beach, you have a clearer view but are 7.1-7.3 miles away. The Visitor Complex itself is 6.7 miles from the pad but offers no view of the pad itself (obscured by
the tree line as with Atlas 5). Port Canaveral's Route 401 (10.3 miles) is the closest and best spot otherwise, and the best place to go for off-hours launches.


FALCON 9 FIRST STAGE LANDINGS AT LANDING ZONE 1

For some launches, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket will attempt to return and land back at Cape Canaveral about eight minutes after liftoff. Landings take place at Landing Zone 1, which
used to be called Launch Complex 13 (
28.486 N, 80.545 W), used from the 1950s-70s. It is right next to where John Glenn and three other Mercury astronauts became the first Americans to
orbit the Earth starting in 1962. As the pad is about 5.6 miles south of Complex 40 and 9.2 south of pad 39A, the best viewing is different than for launch. The best place to see the landings
(if you want to focus on this instead of launch for your viewing location) is Jetty Park (see below), which is 6.0 miles from the landing site (but from which launch pads 40 and 39 are not
directly visible themselves). Alternatively you can stick with Port Canaveral (Rt. 401), and be 6.9 miles from landing and have a clear view of both launch pads even though they are 10-13
miles away. The NASA causeway (4 to 5 miles from landing depending on the area) is also good, if ever offered, and the best place for both launch and landing combined. From the Saturn V
Center (11 miles), landings are mostly visible but will come down behind or between buildings on the horizon. Playalinda Beach (12.8 miles) and other northern areas are not recommended if
viewing landing is your concern due to their distance. For photographers looking to get a great photo of the landing specifically, it is rather difficult to achieve a clean shot from any location,
but Jetty Park is the best location on land. Port Canaveral (Rt. 401) is the best place for a photographer to get a clean shot of both launch and landing combined. New
boat trips are now
available in 2019 for some landings as well, with a clear view from off-shore.


DELTA 4-HEAVY LAUNCH VIEWING

Delta 4-Heavy rockets (there are just three remaining from the Cape starting in 2020) launch from Pad 37B (28.531 N, 80.564 W). The closest possible viewing for Delta 4 is from the NASA
causeway (2.7-3.0 miles away) or the LC-39 Observation Gantry (5.5 miles away), through tickets sold by the
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. As with the others, tickets will not be
offered for all launches, especially if the launch time is outside of normal business hours. The NASA causeway is only offered on rare occasion. The KSC Visitor Complex, another option,
(again during business hours only) is a distance of 7.1 miles, and the view, while not as good, is also not quite as pad as the other pads. From the grass lawn behind the Atlantis exhibit, in the
area closest to the corner of the two main roads, the pad is ever so slightly out of view looking up SR 405, and the rocket visible as soon as it lifts off. In other areas of the Visitor Complex, it
will be obstructed. The best and closest free view, and the place to go during other times, is Port Canaveral on Route 401 (8.6 miles clear across water). There really is no major advantage to
viewing Delta 4 launches from other locations. Almost equally distant from Port Canaveral is the Saturn V Center, which is another ticketed stop on the bus tours they offer, and it does offer
a clear view of the pad. So that is also a good possibility if you prefer to combine your viewing with a tour of the space center.
A daytime Falcon 9 launch from Pad 40 as seen from the NASA causeway.
LAUNCH VIEWING SUMMARY

Reference photos and videos, and a map showing the Cape Canaveral area with viewing sites, are located below

This first section gives visitors an overview on the best places for each type of rocket and launch pad. The second section further down this page gives more details on and more of an overview
based on the viewing sites specifically. Just make sure you know what rocket it is that you are planning to go see lift off, because the first thing to learn is that each one is different and takes off
from a different location, with each of these launch pads separated by miles in a south-to-north direction. This is the only completely accurate launch viewing guide on the internet. I have
personally verified all details over my 20+ years and 200+ launches of experience and have accurately measured all distances to within less than one-tenth of a mile. Please note that other, closer
locations you may seem to find on a map and which are not mentioned are either not open to the public, are on private property or are in an unsafe viewing location.

From south to north at Cape Canaveral are landing zone 1 (Falcon first stage landings) and active launch pads 37B (Delta 4 rockets), 40 (Falcon 9 rockets), 41 (Atlas 5 rockets) and 39A (Falcon 9
and Falcon Heavy rockets). I frequently get asked which is the best rocket to come see. Unfortunately, the answer is more complicated than you might expect, as each of the three rockets can
alternate for the winner of 'best viewing' depending on the time of day they are launching and whether the KSC Visitor Complex is offering tickets to get to a closer spot, which is not the case for
every launch. Further complicating things these days are Falcon landings, which take place many miles south of the pads they launch from, so getting closest to launch can mean being farthest
from landing, or vice-versa. Read the sections below for more information and check back again for new launches in the coming years. Around 2021, for example, the company Blue Origin will
bring launches - and bigger rockets - back to pad 36, which is closest to Port Canaveral and Jetty Park and will have great viewing options from down there. So keep checking back!


ATLAS 5 LAUNCH VIEWING

Atlas 5 rockets launch from Pad 41 (28.583 N, 80.583 W). The closest possible launch viewing of any rocket launch from Cape Canaveral is offered for Atlas 5: just 2.3 miles away at the LC-39
Observation Gantry, by buying tickets sold by the
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Keep in mind this site could deemed off-limits at the last minute due to wind direction (a safety
concern) because of the short distance to the pad, but this has only happened a couple of times so far. This is by far the best place to view and the closest viewing of any kind for any launch
here. Playalinda Beach is the next closest place, and also is the best spot outside the space center, at just 4.8 miles from the launch pad once you walk down the beach (5.7 from the first parking
lot area). It is also the closest free or low cost ($10) viewing site for any rocket. However, it is not open for night launches (operating hours are 6am-8pm during daylight savings time summer
months, and 6am-6pm during standard time winter months). Should it be offered again, the NASA causeway is the next best, offering viewing at 5.0 to 5.2 miles from Pad 41 with a great view
across the water. As with the other ticketed options, this site is not always available. The Saturn V Center (5.4 miles), another stop on the KSC Visitor Complex tours, is an excellent option as
well for Atlas 5 launches, accessed by taking the bus tour at the Visitor Complex with launch day tickets. The Visitor Complex itself is 7.1 miles away, but offers no direct line of sight to the pad
itself, which is behind the tree line. You'll see it once it lifts off. For off-hours/night launches, when no tickets are being sold by the Visitor Complex and Playalinda Beach is closed, the best
option for Atlas 5 launches is Port Canaveral on Route 401, at 11.7 miles from the pad. In that case it is the 'furthest closest' viewing site of any rocket.


FALCON 9 LAUNCHES FROM PAD 39A

Falcon 9 rockets launch from two pads. One is pad 39A (28.608 N, 80.604 W), formerly the home of the Space Shuttle from 1981 to 2011 and the Apollo Saturn V from 1967 to 1973. The
closest place to view a 39A launch is Playalinda Beach at 3.6 miles, when open for daytime launches. It was first open for Falcon launches from this pad beginning in June 2017. Spectators are
allowed to watch from the beach parking lot areas (3.6 miles distance), but may not walk down the beach to get closer or park along the road leading to the beach. Playalinda Beach is open from
6am to 8pm during daylight savings time summer hours or 6am to 6pm during standard time winter months. Next closest is the Saturn V Center, accessible
with KSC Visitor Complex tickets, at
just 3.9 miles away. This used to be the VIP site for space shuttle launches and has an excellent view clear across the water. Tickets are not sold for every launch, however, and are usually
available only for late-night launches when the launch is deemed a significant one. (Note for photographers: From the Saturn V Center, the Falcon Heavy's three side-by-side cores cannot be seen
in the initial liftoff photo, as they are aligned west-to-east, the same direction you face from here.)

The NASA causeway, if ever offered, would have viewing from as close as 6.5 miles away on the western end. At 7.4 miles but with no direct view of the pad, is the Visitor Complex itself,
available with tickets. When Playalinda Beach is closed and no tickets are offered by the Visitor Complex, such as for many night launches, Titusville is the best place to view Falcon 9 launches
from pad 39A, at 11.3 to 12 miles away. The best spot, specifically, is on top of the Max Brewer Bridge (Rt. 406) which leads towards Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Playalinda
Beach. It is slightly closer (11.3) on the east side of the bridge. Anyplace along the river in Titusville is also good, with clear views; one popular spot is Space View Park, just south of the bridge.
There are other parks farther south along the river in Titusville as well, but I recommend the bridge above all for an elevated view.

Finally, Port Canaveral (Rt. 401), at over 13 miles away, is the last option to recommend (more so when the Falcon first stage is coming back to land), though it is unnecessary to view launches
from here when Titusville will get you a little closer. When the Falcon 9 first stage is scheduled to make a land-based landing back at the Cape, however, you should consider watching from Port
Canaveral because it has a much closer view of the landing and therefore is a good spot for both, even though it may be significantly farther from the launch pad. See below for more information.
(Note: The LC-39 observation gantry, at just one mile away from 39A, will never be an option for 39A launches as it is too close).
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HOW TO GET THERE

I no longer write out directions on the guide. Just use your maps app to type in the name of the viewing spot, such as "Playalinda Beach", "Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex", "Route
401 Port Canaveral", etc. Please email if you have any questions.
As seen from the NASA causeway 5.0 miles away, an Atlas 5 rocket speeds into orbit in the late afternoon. This version of the Atlas 5 had solid rocket motors attached, and thus a smoke trail
(only Atlas 5 rockets with SRBs currently display a smoke trail). This view shows almost exactly what you will see with the naked eye from this location. To the right (the other four lightning
towers) is Falcon 9 pad 40, at 4.0 miles away. Pad 39A is just out of view to the left and further away.
Night launches can be spectacular, lighting up the entire area for a brief minute or two. On the left, a very wide angle photograph of an Atlas 5 launch from the NASA causeway. The short
'beam' of light is the result of the moving rocket after exposing the photo for a few seconds to capture the light properly. The sky is a blue hue here because of the full moon. On the right, the
space shuttle, which put out far more power and flame. Usually, the naked-eye color of the flame and night launches is a golden off-white color.
REFERENCE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

The following section contains links to photos, mostly from other viewers but some of my own on this website, showing the view of each of the rockets from each of the various viewing
locations. This should help you get an idea of what to expect, and help photographers get a good idea of what kind of photo they can get from each place. In general, 'wide angle' means the
camera makes it look farther away and smaller than it looks when you are there, in person; while of course telephoto shots are zoomed in a lot.
(SRBs = smoke trail, no SRBs = no smoke trail).
MORE DETAILS ON EACH LOCATION

WITH TICKETS: LC-39 OBSERVATION GANTRY, SATURN V CENTER, NASA
CAUSEWAY & VISITOR COMPLEX

First, make sure you
sign up for email alerts so you know when tickets are going on sale.

The LC-39 Observation Gantry (
28.595 N, 80.618 W), a viewing tower that is one of the
stops on the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex bus tour, is the newest viewing
location now being offered. And it is the best ever, allowing you to get as close as just 2.3
miles for an Atlas 5 launch, 3.4 miles for a Falcon 9 launch from pad 40, 5.5 for Delta 4
from pad 37, and 8.9 for Falcon landings at LZ-1. This is the closest viewing of any launch
ever offered to the public. If you get the chance to buy tickets for the LC-39 gantry, GO
FOR IT! The three-level tower offers slight elevation for some, or you may find yourself
on the grass in front of it, both with a clear view across the water to any of the launch
pads. This location will not be offered for 39A launches.

The NASA Causeway (
28.509 N, 80.605 W) is an excellent viewing option, but only
occasionally available in recent years. It is just 2.7 to 3.0 miles for a Delta 4 launch, 4.0 for
Falcon 9 from pad 40, 5.0 to 5.2 miles for Atlas 5, and 6.5 for Falcon 9 or Falcon Heavy
launches from pad 39A. The view is excellent, too, with nothing but water between you
and the launch pad in all cases. It also has the best possible view of Falcon landings at 4-5
miles.

The Saturn V Center (
28.605N, 80.669 W), a stop on the Kennedy Space Center Visitor
Complex (VC) bus tour, offers a great view of Falcon 9 launches from Pad 39A at just 3.9
miles away, a clear 5.4 mile view of Atlas Pad 41 and a 6.3 mile view of Falcon Pad 40. At
8.1 miles from Delta 4's Pad 37B, while a clear view, there is no great advantage over
watching from Port Canaveral unless you want to do a tour on the same day as launch.
Photo-wise, the Port view is the better option. For LZ-1 Falcon landings, it is 11. 2 miles.
The Saturn V Center is a beautiful museum housing one of the only three Saturn V moon
rockets still left. It was beautifully restored and opened to the public in 1996. This is a
sight not to be missed on any visit to KSC, as with the newly-opened Space Shuttle
Atlantis exhibit at the Visitor Complex.

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (
www.KennedySpaceCenter.com) is the
independent museum and tour operator for the Kennedy Space Center. I highly recommend
taking at least the main bus tour to see, up close, this incredible and historical place. Other
tours to see different facilities up close are also offered, and each includes the main bus tour
and Saturn V Center in addition to the Visitor Complex itself & Space Shuttle Atlantis
which is now on display there. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC)
itself (
28.523 N, 80.682 W) offers viewing (again, when open), but with no truly clear view
of the pads themselves. You will only see the rocket once it has launched and cleared the
trees and buildings in front of you. Between the three rockets, Delta 4 is a tiny bit better
than the others from here in terms of the view, but only from one area of the complex as
noted: The corner of the lawn behind the new Atlantis museum, which has a view up State
Route 405 towards the pad, which is itself just barely hidden. As noted, other areas of the
visitor complex have the view blocked like the other pads. Distance from the Visitor
Complex to Pad 37B is 7.1 miles; to Pad 40 is 6.7 miles; to Pad 41 is 7.2 miles; and to Pad
39A is 7.4 miles. LZ-1 is 8.8 miles. Bottom line: If you are a photographer in search of a
nice liftoff photo, this is not the place to go.
FREE VIEWING: PLAYALINDA BEACH, PORT CANAVERAL, JETTY PARK & BEACHES, TITUSVILLE

Route 401 (
28.419 N, 80.630 W) is the best spot for viewing at Port Canaveral, however, beginning in April 2019, this spot appears to have become off-limits. The guide will be updated later
when it becomes clear whether or not this change is permanent, but as of August 2019, it appears that it will be. Launch viewers park their cars in the grass on the side of the road beginning a
few hours before launch time. The same is done on 528 on the Banana River, where there is more room to spread out and for RVs, though this spot is about another mile further back. Please
plan to get to Rt. 401 for a spot early (90 minutes to two hours before launch is a good plan for most launches). Once viewing spots fill up here, police may direct people to another area back
on the 528 causeway. Do not block traffic in any way when you park along Rt. 401. Keep your cars in the grass, on the water side of the road, and please do not parallel park.

In 2013, a new observation tower,
Exploration Tower, opened at the Port with an outdoor viewing deck on top, providing a slightly higher aerial view of the Cape. This tower can provide a
different,
elevated view for a launch, but the view is only good for some launches (40 and 39A are best for photos). The view from the top is mostly obstructed for Delta 4 launches (the pad is
blocked by another structure in the Port in all but one small corner of the tower) and
partially so for Atlas 5 launches as well. It offers the best line of sight for Falcon 9 launches from pad 40
at least. Exploration Tower is not always available for launch viewing.
When available, tickets are now sold for viewing. However, the tower is often rented out for VIP parties and not open
for launch viewing.

Playalinda Beach: The closest and best spot for Atlas 5 launches and now for Falcon 9 launches off pad 39A as well, as well as a decent option for Falcon 9 pad 40 launches, is Playalinda
Beach (
28.655 N, 80.630 W), but only when it is open. The beach is open from 6am to 8pm during summer daylight-savings time, and 6am to 6pm during winter standard time. Closures for
some daytime launches are possible, and the road leading to the beach also closes early, once parking lot capacity is reached and no later than one hour before launch normally. The closest
parking at the beach (
28.655N, 80.632 W) is located 3.6 miles from Falcon 9 pad 39A, 5.8 miles from Atlas 5 Pad 41 and 7.2 miles from Falcon 9 Pad 40. You can then walk down the beach
and get as close as 4.8 miles (for Atlas 5) and 6.3 miles (for pad 40 Falcon launches) to be even closer at the KSC security fence. They have not been allowing people to walk down the beach
for pad 39A Falcon launches, however, which would be 2.7 miles away. Playalinda Beach is 8.5 to 9.3 miles from Delta 4's Pad 37B, and the view is partially or completely obstructed from
here. It's also not a great location for Falcon first stage landings, which are 12.8 miles away. The entrance fee to Playalinda Beach is $10 per car, or is included with a National Park Service
annual pass, since it is part of Canaveral National Seashore.

Jetty Park (
28.4083 N, 80.5873 W) is currently not the best place to watch any rocket take off from Cape Canaveral, as the view of the pads themselves are hidden by a berm. This will
change in the future as Blue Origin's big rocket resumes the use of Pad 36. It is, however, the best place to watch the Falcon 9 first stages land back at Landing Zone 1. You could happily view
the launches from here or on the beach down the seashore as well, and it is still a beautiful place to watch in general, but the rocket will not become visible upon launch until it has cleared the
tower and risen above the launch pad and berm directly across the inlet. If you are a photographer aiming for launch photos from here, be sure to plot out which way to look on the horizon
using a program such as Google Earth. The park has a $15 entrance fee per car ($5 for Brevard county residents). As you go farther south along the beach, the launch pads do become a little
more visible on the horizon, but you are also getting farther and farther away from them. As mentioned, Jetty Park is, however, the best place to watch the Falcon first stage landings, so there
is a tradeoff for Falcon launches from pads 39A or 40 that are then going to come back and land. Jetty Park is just 6.0 miles from the landing pad, the closest possible viewing site.

Titusville (
28.620 N, 80.800 W for the Rt. 406 Max Brewer bridge) is the best free, off-site location to watch Falcon 9 launches that take place from Pad 39A. Space View Park (map), just
south of here, is also good. Elsewhere in Titusville, anywhere on the Indian River along US 1 or Rt. 406, can be used to view these or any of the other rocket launches as well, but is
significantly farther than Port Canaveral is for all three other launch pads (minimum 13 miles, maximum 16 miles, to Pad 41, 40 or 37B).
A very tight shot of an Atlas 5 rocket launching near sunset, as seen from the
LC-39 observation gantry just 2.3 miles away.
A wide angle photo of a morning Atlas 5 launch (with SRBs and smoke trail) as seen from the
LC-39 observation gantry 2.3 miles from Pad 41. Pad 40 is just out of view to the right.
A telephoto shot of a Delta 4 medium version rocket launching at dusk, as seen from the Port
Canaveral area, 8.6 miles away.
A telephoto view of a daytime Falcon 9 launch from Pad 40 which is nearly identical to the
shot you can get from the LC-39 observation gantry.
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NOTE: Route 401 is now off limits for viewing as of April 2019 due to congestion. If you prefer
this view, you should plan to fall back to highway 528. Barricades and signs are now positioned
along Rt. 401 to prevent any parking. For those asking, pedestrian traffic is not allowed, nor is
it safe. The bleachers near the entrance gate to CCAFS are available to limited members of
the public, and to badged employees and their guests. Recent reports suggest the public was
admitted if they arrived early and before they reached capacity. Note, however, that the view
from here is not as good for some pads or for the landings due to high trees. Feedback on your
experience is welcome, thank you. One alternate option may be new boat
tours, at least for
landings. This guide will be updated soon to reflect the new situation.


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ATLAS 5

The next United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral, flying with two solid rocket
boosters, will launch Boeing's Starliner spacecraft on its first flight, an uncrewed demonstration
mission to the International Space Station, on
December 17. Sunrise is 7:08am. Then, an Atlas 5
flying with one SRB will launch Solar Orbiter for NASA & Europe on
Feb 5 at 11:15pm EST.


FALCON 9

The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral is scheduled to launch the second Starlink
space-based internet constellation mission on
November TBD. Other upcoming launches include the
next launches for the Starlink internet constellation on
November-December TBD; an in-flight abort
test of the Crew Dragon capsule on
late November or early December, likely in the morning EST;
the CRS-19 Dragon resupply mission to the ISS on
December 4 at around 1pm EST; the launch of
the JCSAT-18/Kacific-1 commsat for Japan in
mid-December TBD, in the evening EST; and the
third GPS III satellite for the US Air Force in
January.


DELTA 4-HEAVY

The next Delta 4-Heavy launch from Cape Canaveral will launch NROL-44 for the National
Reconnaissance Office in
summer 2020.
PHOTOS OF FALCON 9 LAUNCHES (Pad 40)

LC-39 observation gantry (3.4 miles):
Daytime, telephoto view
Daytime, naked eye view
Daytime, telephoto
Daytime, telephoto (shows landing too)
Nighttime, telephoto from ground

Saturn V Center (6.3 miles):


Playalinda Beach and road to beach (6.3-7.2 and 7.4 miles):
Daytime, zoomed in, from out in the water

Port Canaveral / Rt. 401, Exploration Tower, Rt. 528 (10.0-10.3 or 11.7 miles):
Daytime, telephoto view from Exploration Tower
Daytime, from Exploration Tower
Daytime, from Rt. 528 (KARS park is nearly identical view)
Daytime, same, but more like what it looks like to the naked eye
Daytime, telephoto, nice clear morning
Daytime, telephoto


PHOTOS OF FALCON 9 & HEAVY LAUNCHES (Pad 39A)

Playalinda Beach (3.6 miles):
Daytime, telephoto & as the eye sees it, from parking lot 2 stairs
Daytime, telephoto, same
Daytime, Falcon Heavy telephoto from parking lot 2 stairs
Daytime, wide angle

Saturn V Center (3.9 miles):
Daytime, telephoto

Titusville Rt. 406/Max Brewer bridge or nearby (11.3-12 miles):
Sunrise, telephoto

Port Canaveral / Rt. 401, Exploration Tower, Rt. 528 (13.0-14.3 miles):
Daytime, telephoto (shows landing from 401 too)
Daytime, telephoto (shows landing from 401 too)
Daytime, telephoto, from Exploration Tower (shows landing too)


PHOTOS OF FALCON FIRST STAGE LANDINGS (Landing Zone 1)

Jetty Park (6.0 miles):
Daytime, telephoto from Jetty Park beach (the gray tower is no longer there)

Port Canaveral / Rt. 401, Exploration Tower (6.9-7.1 miles):
Daytime, telephoto from Exploration Tower
Daytime, telephoto, from Exploration Tower
Daytime, from 401
Daytime, from 401

LC-39 observation gantry (8.9 miles):
Daytime, telephoto


PHOTOS OF ATLAS 5 LAUNCHES

LC-39 observation gantry (2.3 miles):
Daytime, telephoto
Daytime, telephoto
Daytime, wider view

Playalinda Beach (4.8-5.7 miles):
Daytime, no SRBs, telephoto, from the stairs over the dunes by parking lot 1
Daytime, with SRBs, as the eye sees it, from the stairs to parking lot 1
Daytime, with SRBs, same
Daytime, no SRBs, as the eye sees it (old photo, with no spectactors)
Daytime, no SRBs, telephoto and wide, from the fence line

Saturn V Center (5.4 miles):
Daytime, with SRBs, as it looks to the naked eye
Daytime, with SRBs, wide angle

Visitor Complex (7.1 miles, no pad view):
Daytime very wide angle with bleachers

Port Canaveral Rt. 401, Exploration Tower, Rt. 528 (11.6-13.0 miles):
Daytime, with SRBs, wide angle as it looks to the naked eye
Daytime, with SRBs, wide angle as it looks to the naked eye
Daytime, with SRBs, telephoto view
Daytime, with SRBs, hazy telephoto view
Daytime, no SRBs, clear telephoto view
Daytime, no SRBs, clear telephoto view

Titusville (13.6 miles):
Twilight, as it looks to the naked eye
Twilight, wider angle


PHOTOS OF DELTA 4-HEAVY LAUNCHES

LC-39 observation gantry (5.5 miles):
Daytime, telephoto view of pad
Nighttime, telephoto from ground
Daytime (medium with SRBs), telephoto
Daytime (medium with SRBs), zoomed in


Port Canaveral / Rt. 401, Exploration Tower, Rt. 528 (8.6, 9.2, 10.0 miles):
Daytime, telephoto view
VIDEOS OF FALCON 9 LAUNCHES (Pad 40)

LC-39 observation gantry (3.4 miles):
Daytime, actual and zoom
Daytime, telephoto view
Daytime, wide angle
Daytime, wide angle
Daytime, actual view
Nighttime, wide angle

Saturn V Center (6.3 miles):
Daytime, wide angle

Playalinda Beach and road to beach (6.3-7.2 and 7.4 miles):
Daytime, from stairs over dunes near fence line
Daytime, from out on beach closer to parking lot

Visitor Complex (6.7 miles, no pad view):


Port Canaveral / Rt. 401, ExTwr, Rt. 528 (10.0-11.7 miles):
Daytime, indentical view as 401/528
Daytime, same


VIDEOS OF FALCON 9 & HEAVY LAUNCHES (Pad 39A)

Playalinda Beach (3.6 miles):
Sunset, zoomed in, from on beach by parking lot 1
Daytime, zoomed in, same
Daytime, actual view, same
Daytime, telephoto

Saturn V Center (3.9 miles):
Sunset, wider angle
Daytime, wider angle
Daytime, actual view
Sunset, telephoto
Daytime, telephoto
Nighttime, Falcon Heavy, zoomed in

Visitor Complex (7.4 miles, no pad view):
Daytime, actual
Daytime, wide angle

Titusville Rt. 406/Max Brewer or nearby (11.3-12 miles):
Daytime, zoomed in
Daytime, zoomed in (1:00 mark) and actual view (1:16 mark)


VIDEOS OF FALCON FIRST STAGE LANDINGS (LZ-1)

Jetty Park (6.0 miles):
Daytime, from parking lot with low trees in way

Port Canaveral / Rt 401, ExTwr (6.9-7.1 miles):
Daytime, telephoto from Rt. 528

Saturn V Center (11.1 miles):
Daytime, wide angle
Nighttime, zoomed in


VIDEOS OF ATLAS 5 LAUNCHES

LC-39 Observation gantry (2.3 miles):
Daytime, with SRBs, wide angle
Daytime, with SRBs, very wide angle, fixed camera
Daytime, hazy, no SRBs, wide and zoomed, good sound
Daytime, with SRBs, very wide angle
Nighttime, with SRBs, wide angle, good sound
Daytime, with SRBs, ultra-wide fisheye view but shows overall view

Playalinda Beach (4.8-5.7 miles):
Daytime, telephoto
Daytime, wide angle, from fence line
Daytime, from the road leading to beach

Saturn V Center (5.4 miles):
Daytime, actual view
Daytime, wide angle

Port Canaveral Rt. 401, ExTwr, Rt. 528 (11.6-13.0 miles):
Daytime, with SRBs, from 528

Titusville (13.5 miles):
Daytime, no SRBs, telephoto


VIDEOS OF DELTA 4-HEAVY LAUNCHES

LC-39 observation gantry (5.5 miles):
Sunset, very wide angle (Delta 4-medum with SRBs)
Nighttime, zoom and actual (Delta 4-medium with SRBs)

KSC Visitor Complex (7.4 miles, no clear pad view):
Sunset, from Atlantis lawn (Delta 4-medium with SRBs)
Sunset, same, wide angle

Port Canaveral / Rt. 401, ExTwr, Rt. 528 (8.6, 9.2, 10.0 miles):
Daytime, from Rt. 401 (Delta 4-medium with SRBs)
Nighttime, same
A telephoto view of a Falcon 9 launching at sunset from Pad 40. This angle is nearly identical to the view from the LC-39 observation gantry, 3.4 miles from the pad.
Watching a pre-dawn twilight launch of an Atlas 5 from Titusville.
Above, the view of a pre-dawn Atlas 5 launch from the Rt. 406/Max Brewer Bridge in Titusville, 13 miles away.