Rosie the Rocketeer in CST-100 Starliner

Rosie the Rocketeer, Boeing’s anthropometric test device, claimed her spot once again in the commander’s seat inside the company’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft for its second uncrewed Orbital Flight Test (OFT-2) for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Boeing is Ready to Test Their CST-100 Starliner!

Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test-2, or OFT-2, is a critical developmental milestone on the company’s path to fly crew missions for NASA to the International Space Station. The uncrewed mission will test the end-to-end capabilities of Starliner and the Atlas V rocket from launch to docking to a return to Earth in the desert of the western United States.

The launch attempt for the Boeing: CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) is scheduled to lift off no earlier than 2:53 p.m. EST,  July 30, from Launch Complex 41.

*Disclaimer: All launches are subject to cancellation, or "scrub," at any time, for any reason. 

Viewing Locations

If you’re making your way to the Space Coast to experience the United State’s latest crewed mission to the International Space Station, 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. Please keep in mind the considerations noted above when choosing your ideal launch viewing location. 

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. 

Jetty Park 

Jetty Park will open for launch viewing. 

• 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.

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 OFT-2 here

Special Launch Viewing Packages are live now!

Live Streaming Options

Skip the traffic and crowds by streaming the launch of OFT-2.

  • 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.
  • Check out Space Coast Launches for a live feed from NASA and United Launch Alliance the day of the launch. 
  • Watch the NASA Live for direct live streaming from NASA the day of the launch.
  • See ULALaunch.com for ULA's launch coverage. 

Audio-only launch coverage

Tune into 90.7 FM  or 1350 AM for a radio broadcast of OFT-2. 

Audio only of launch coverage will be carried on the NASA “V” circuits, which may be accessed by dialing (321) 867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, "mission audio," the launch conductor’s countdown activities without NASA TV launch commentary, will be carried on (321) 867-7135. Launch will also be available on local amateur VHF radio frequency 146.940 MHz heard within Brevard County.

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 OFT-2, 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 OFT-2 launch. Check out these great activities for your family to reconnect away from crowds and experience great Summer Activities before and after the launch. 

Our Visitor Update page contains further information regarding restaurants and city-specific guidelines so you can make the most informed decisions for your family when you choose to travel to the Space Coast. 

Hotels

Beachfront hotels are an ideal viewing area for any launch. These extended stay accommodations are great for people who like to plan ahead. They ensure you will have a front-row seat to beach viewing access, a private bathroom and a place to enjoy some of the great takeout options the Space Coast has to offer. 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.