CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests can enjoy viewing a dramatic nighttime launch when a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket lifts off from SLC-37B at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The launch window is from 8:29 p.m. to 9:18 p.m.
Viewing the launch from the Visitor Complex is included in regular admission and features live mission control commentary. Guests are encouraged to bring folding chairs to the viewing area.
Leading up to the opening of the launch window, guests may meet the first space shuttle Atlantis commander, Karol “Bo” Bobko, at the new Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The 200-foot-tall Delta 4 rocket will launch the sixth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft. Built by Boeing, the geostationary communications spacecraft will serve U.S. military forces by providing enhanced communications capabilities for the next decade and beyond. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (5,4) configuration with four solid rocket boosters, enabling the rocket to lift up to 14,475 pounds to orbit.