Inspiration 4 Crew at Fighter Jet Training, Photo Credit: Inspiration4 / John Kraus
Inspiration 4

Photo Credit: Inspiration4 / John Kraus

Inspiration4 is Ready to Launch!

Witness history as the 1st all-civilian mission to orbit launches from the Space Coast 

"Inspiration4 is the world’s first all-civilian mission to orbit. The mission will be commanded by Jared Isaacman, the 38-year-old founder and Chief Executive Officer of Shift4 Payments and an accomplished pilot and adventurer. Inspiration4 will leave Earth from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Complex 39A, the embarkation point for Apollo and Space Shuttle missions, and travel across a low earth orbit on a multi-day journey that will continually eclipse more than 90% of the earth’s population. Named in recognition of the four-person crew that will raise awareness and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, this milestone represents a new era for human spaceflight and exploration."

Viewing Locations

If you’re making your way to the Space Coast to experience the United State’s latest crewed mission, there are some very important factors to consider.

Parking on the sides of highways and on causeways is extremely dangerous and strictly prohibited.

Launch Viewing Location Map

Check out this map of our favorite spots to watch a rocket launch on the Space Coast. 

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex 

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is one of the closest places you can see a launch from.  You can find information on their viewing options for Inspiration4 here

"Feel the Heat" tickets are live now!

Beachside Viewing

Heading to the beach is a great way to enjoy the outdoors during the launch; however, parking spots on popular beach access points fill up quickly. Plan to be here early to secure your spot in the lot and on the sand. 

Playalinda Beach - Canaveral National Seashore

The seashore plans to remain open for Kennedy Space Center launches that are within park operating hours of 6 AM - 8 PM. Incoming traffic may close for park safety/capacity. NASA has the authority to close part of the seashore for space center operations.

Jetty Park 

Jetty Park will open for launch viewing.  Day passes must be purchased online here.

• If you leave the park and return, re-entry is not guaranteed if 
   the park is at capacity
• Jetty park is open until 9:00pm. 

Port Canaveral Parking
Parking Plan at Jetty Park, Image courtesy of Port Canaveral
Parking at port canaveral map
Parking Plan for The Cove at Port Canaveral. Image courtesy of Port Canaveral 

Park Viewing 

There are several parks throughout the Space Coast perfect for launch viewing. Plan to arrive early as parking spaces are limited.

Viewing By Boat

Viewing rocket launches from a boat on the Indian River Lagoon or the Atlantic Ocean is a fun and unique way to witness history. 

Mariners and pilots can learn about launch hazard areas and restrictions by calling (800) 470-7232. The United States Coast Guard broadcasts this information on Marine Band Channel 16.

Check boat ramp access status by searching for Brevard County, FL US with the FWC Boat Ramp Status App.  It's extremely important to become familiar with and adhere to the Boater Safety and Security Zones in place by the Coast Guard. More information including a map of Security Zones will be updated as it becomes available.

Live Streaming Options

Skip the traffic and crowds by streaming the launch of Inspiration 4.

  • Download the Launch Console App on Google Play or Apple App Store for accurate and up-to-date push notifications, a real-time, up-to-the-second countdown clock, a live video feed, and a compass to point where to view in the sky.
  • Watch live on Netflix. Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission To Space is a docuseries chronicling this incredible mission. Get ready by learning about the crew and tune in live on launch day for an exclusive live stream from the launchpad. 
  • Check out Space Coast Launches for a live feed from SpaceX the day of the launch. 

Traffic Considerations

Historic spaceflight has always drawn large crowds to the Space Coast. Our county works hard to direct the flow of traffic. If you choose to visit the Space Coast to witness the launch of Inspiration 4, expect traffic and considerable delays. Make sure that you have all the essential items you need for an extended trip including important medication, water, food, and gasoline. 

Sign Up For Traffic and Emergency Alerts

Stay up to date with traffic and launch conditions by texting BrevardEOC to 888-777 for SMS alerts. You can also connect with Brevard County Emergency Management's social media for important notifications on your preferred social platform. 

Planning Your Trip

There are many ways you can enjoy your trip to the Space Coast to see the Inspiration 4 launch. Check out these great activities for your family to reconnect away from crowds and experience great ways to spend some time in Cocoa Beach before and after the launch. 

Our Visitor Update page contains important information about road closures, and health and safety guidelines, so you can make the most informed decisions for your family when you choose to travel to the Space Coast. 

Hotels

Many of our hotels offer great viewing! Hotels along our beaches and with balconies facing the launch pads are ideal viewing areas for any launch. These accommodations are great for people who like to plan ahead. Make the most of your rocket launch experience and stay on the Space Coast. Find and book a room here

More Information About This Historic Flight

Disclaimer: We are doing our best to keep this information up-to-date and accurate. At the time of publication, this information is factual. Please understand that details are subject to change at any time.