This launch was scrubbed due to technical issues.

Launch Director Steve Huff has announced that we will not continue with countdown operations today. Launch Conductor Scott Barney will lead his team through activities to safe the Atlas V rocket and Space Launch Complex-41 facilities following this scrub declaration.

Another launch attempt will be possible in 24 hours, with tomorrow's target liftoff time at 1:31 p.m. EDT (1731 UTC).

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BREVARD COUNTY — A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is scheduled to launch a missile warning satellite into orbit from Cape Canaveral on Monday May 17.

SBIRS GEO Flight 5 is set to lift off from Cape Canaveral LC-41 at 1:35 p.m.

It will be the fifth deployment of a satellite in support of the missile warning network, missile defense, battlespace awareness and technical intelligence for the U.S. Space Force Space and Missile Systems Center.

SBIRS GEO stands for Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit.

Spectators can see the next launch from one of three launch viewing areas:


This are is located adjacent to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, about 5.1 miles/8.7 kilometers from the launch pad. 

Cost: $20, in addition to admission. That includes reserved bleacher seating, launch commentary, and webcast with access to restrooms and the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

The Banana Creek Launch Viewing Area bleachers open at 11:45 AM: select bus boarding time while purchasing tickets. This ticket includes bus transportation and does not require on-site bus transportation reservations.


Approximately 5.1 miles/8.7 kilometers from launch pad.

This viewing location requires a complimentary transportation reservation which can only be made on-site for the same day and only a limited number of reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Access to the Banana Creek viewing area is not included.  This area does includes launch audio along with access to restrooms.

The Apollo/Saturn V Center Lawn opens at 10 a.m.

Tickets can be purchased online here –


Approximately 7.1 miles/11.4 kilometers from launch pad.

Includes bleacher seating and launch commentary included with admission.

The North Atlantis Lawn opens at 11:30 AM with the launch video feed.

Tickets can be purchased online here –

The visitor complex will open early at 9:00 a.m. Be sure to arrive early and prepare for increased attendance and traffic on launch days. Plan ahead for traffic, parking, temperature check lines and security screening. The Apollo/Saturn V Center Lawn and North Atlantis Lawn viewing locations and available bleacher seating is first-come, first-served.

Launch viewing tickets, including tickets for the reserved seating at the Banana Creek Launch Viewing Area, are non-transferable and non-refundable. Launch date, time, and viewing opportunities are subject to change.

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