SpaceX rocket launches from Cape Canaveral: Best views in Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Titusville (2024)

A pair of SpaceX rocket launches are on the horizon − one a Falcon 9 rocket and the other a more powerful Falcon Heavy rocket.

Depending on weather, both should be visible from nearly anywhere on the Space Coast. Here's more information about the rocket launches from Cape Canaveral. If there are changes to the launches, this story will be updated.

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Is there a rocket launch in Florida today? Rocket launch calendar for Florida

Here's what we know about the rocket launch missions, mentioned inFLORIDA TODAY's rocket launch calendarfor the month of June, which is updated frequently. (Check that link often for rocket launch times and dates because they are routinely subject to change for a variety of reasons.)

FLORIDA TODAY, a USA TODAY Network-Florida newspaper, provides interactive launch coverage and livestream atfloridatoday.com/spacewith frequent updates on launches at least 90 minutes in advance, sometimes longer, depending on the mission. For questions or comments, emailSpace Reporter Rick Nealeat rneale@floridatoday.com or tweet him@rickneale1on X, the social platform formerly known as Twitter. You also can contact Space Reporter Brooke Edwards at bedwards@floridatoday.com or tweet her@brookeofstarson X orInstagram.

Is there a rocket launch from Florida? Sunday, June 23: SpaceX Starlink 10-2

  • Mission:A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will deploy a batch of Starlink internet satellites, which are packed inside the fairing atop the 230-foot rocket.
  • Launch:Window opens at 1:03 p.m. EDT Sunday, June 23.
  • Location:Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
  • Trajectory:Northeast
  • Live coverage:If you want to watch live rocket launch coverage,FLORIDA TODAY's Space Teamwill provide updates atfloridatoday.com/space, starting about 90 minutes before launch time. You can download the freeFLORIDA TODAY app, which is available in theApp StoreorGoogle Play, or type floridatoday.com/space into your browser.

Tuesday, June 25: SpaceX Falcon Heavy GOES-U

  • Mission:NOAA’s fourth and final GOES-U (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites) spacecraft, which will monitor weather and environmental phenomena, will launch atop a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.
  • Launch:5:16 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 25
  • Location:Launch pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center
  • Live coverage:If you want to watch live rocket launch coverage,FLORIDA TODAY's Space Teamwill provide updates atfloridatoday.com/space, starting two hours before liftoff. You can download the freeFLORIDA TODAY app, which is available in theApp StoreorGoogle Play, or type floridatoday.com/space into your browser.

Will it rain in Melbourne, Cocoa Beach or Cape Canaveral, Florida, today?

Where to watch a SpaceX rocket launch from Space Coast of Florida

Pretty much anywherein Brevard, you'll get a view of the rocketlaunch. The best view to watch a rocket launch from the Space Coast is along the beach. However, visibility will depend on weather conditions and people should make sure not to block traffic or rights of way on bridges and to follow posted rules at beaches.

If you are viewing the launch along the Indian River in Titusville from Space View Park or Parrish Park, look east directly across the river.

If you are farther south along the Indian River, look northeast.

Playalinda Beach or Canaveral National Seashore is the closest spot to view liftoffbecause it is almost parallel to Launch Pad 39A. On the beach, look south along the coastline, (you can even see the pad from some spots).

Some hotspots to check out:

  • Jetty Park Beach and Pier, 400 Jetty Park Road,Port Canaveral. Note, there's a charge to park.
  • Playalinda Beach, 1000 Playalinda Beach Road, Canaveral National Seashore. Note, there's a charge to park, and access to Canaveral National Seashore isn't always granted depending on capacity and time of day.
  • Max Brewer Bridge and Parrish Park, 1 A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway, Titusville.Note,parking is available on both sides of Max Brewer Bridge.
  • Space View Park, 8 Broad St., Titusville
  • Sand Point Park, 10 E. Max Brewer Causeway, Titusville
  • Rotary RiverfrontPark, 4141 S. Washington Ave.,Titusville
  • Riverfront Park at Cocoa Village, 401 Riveredge Blvd., Cocoa (just before State Road 520 Causeway)
  • Cocoa Village, near the parks and shops or near the docks
  • Variousparks on Merritt Island
  • Rotary Park, 1899 S. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island
  • Kiwanis Parkon Kiwanis Island Park Road on Merritt Island
  • Port Canaveral, with ships from Disney Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean at port
  • Alan Shepard Park, 299 E. Cocoa Beach Causeway, Cocoa Beach. Note, there could be parkingcosts.
  • Cocoa Beach Pier,401 Meade Ave. Parking fee varies.
  • Lori Wilson Park, 1400 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach. Lori Wilson Park has a dog park, by the way.
  • Sidney Fischer Park, 2200 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach. Note, there could be parkingcosts.
  • Downtown Cocoa Beach, along Minutemen Causeway
  • Tables Beach, 197 SR A1A, Satellite Beach
  • The Tideson SR A1A in Satellite Beach
  • Variousparks, including the Pelican Beach Clubhouse, in Satellite Beach
  • Pineda Causeway
  • Eau Gallie Causeway
  • Front Street Park near Melbourne (U.S. 192) Causeway and U.S. 1 in Melbourne
  • Indialantic boardwalkat Melbourne Causeway and SR A1A
  • Paradise Beach Park, aka Howard Futch Park, 2301 SR A1A, Melbourne (this is a beachside park)
  • Sebastian Inlet Park, 9700 S. State Road A1A, Melbourne Beach (there is a cost to enter)
  • Ambersands Beach Park, 12566 N. SR A1A, Vero Beach (free parking)
  • South Beach Park, 1700 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach (free parking)
  • Merrill Barber BridgeinVero Beach
  • Alma Lee Loy BridgeinVero Beach

Sangalang is a lead digital producer for USA TODAY Network-Florida. Follow her onTwitteror Instagram at@byjensangalang. Support local journalism.Consider subscribing to a Florida newspaper.

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