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SpaceX in Florida, NASA Starliner Launch: Treasure Coast Viewpoints


Will you see a rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center or Cape Canaveral in the Treasure Coast? Weather permitting and depending on cloud cover, yes.

If you’re hanging out on the beaches, parks or rivers of Florida’s Treasure Coast, you’re already in paradise.

Add watching a rocket launch as a “thing to do on the 772.” You may have several opportunities to do this this week.

Can you see a rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center or Cape Canaveral in the Treasure Coast skies?

Weather permitting and depending on cloud cover, rocket launches from the neighboring Space Coast may be visible on the Treasure Coast. Below is a calendar of upcoming rocket launches and suggestions on where to watch them. If there are any changes to the launches, this story will be updated.

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

Here’s what we know about the rocket launch missions listed in this month’s FLORIDA TODAY rocket launch calendar, which is updated regularly. (Check that link often for rocket launch times and dates, as they may be routinely changed for various reasons.)

FLORIDA TODAY, a USA TODAY Network-Florida newspaper, provides interactive launch coverage at floridatoday.com/space with frequent updates on launches at least 90 minutes in advance, sometimes longer depending on the mission. For questions or comments, email Space Reporter Rick Neale at [email protected] or tweet him @rickneale1 on X, the social platform formerly known as Twitter. You can also contact Space Reporter Brooke Edwards at [email protected] or @stream of stars on X and @brooke_of_stars on Instagram.

When is the next rocket launch near Cape Canaveral, Florida? Wednesday May 22: SpaceX Starlink

While SpaceX has not publicly confirmed the existence of this mission, a navigation alert from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency indicates a rocket launch window will open on Wednesday evening. More detail:

  • Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a series of Starlink internet satellites.
  • Start window: 10:33 PM EDT Wednesday, May 22 to 3:04 AM Thursday, May 23
  • Procedure: Southeast.
  • Local sonic boom: No.
  • Booster landing: Drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

Live coverage: Begins 90 minutes prior to launch at floridatoday.com/space

When is there a rocket launch near Kennedy Space Center, Florida? Thursday May 23: SpaceX Starlink

A navigation advisory from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency indicates another 4½-hour launch window will open for a SpaceX Starlink mission on Thursday evening.

  • Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a payload of Starlink internet satellites.
  • Launch: 6:45 PM to 11:16 PM EDT Thursday, May 23
  • Procedure: Southeast.
  • Local sonic boom: No
  • Booster landing: Drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Live coverage: Begins 90 minutes prior to launch at floridatoday.com/space.

When will Starliner be launched? Not until Saturday, May 25: NASA’s Boeing Starliner manned flight test

Where can I watch rocket launches online?

If you would like to watch live coverage of rocket launches, FLORIDA TODAY’s Space Team will provide updates at floridatoday.com/space beginning approximately 90 minutes before launch time or sooner depending on the mission. You can download or type the free app for iPhone or Android floridatoday.com/space in your browser.

Where can I see a Florida rocket launch in Indian River County, St. Lucie County and Martin County?

The best views to see a rocket launch from neighboring Brevard County, also called the Space Coast, are along the beach here. Visibility in Indian River County, St. Lucie County and Martin County, part of the Treasure Coast, will depend on weather conditions, and people should take care not to block traffic or passage on bridges and to avoid staying on beaches follow the rules. Look due north. Here are some recommended places, from closest to Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and Kennedy Space Center to farthest:

• You can see the rocket launch almost anywhere in Brevard. That includes Melbourne beachthat borders Indian River County, or from Grant-Valkaria along the Indian River Lagoon.

Sebastian Inlet Park9700 S. State Road A1A, Melbourne Beach (entrance fees apply)

Wabasso beach park1808 Wabasso Beach Road, Wabasso

Ambersands beach park12566 N. SR A1A, Vero Beach (free parking)

South Beach Park1700 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach (free parking)

Merrill Barber Bridge in Vero Beach

Alma Lee Loy Bridge in Vero Beach

Fort Pierce Inlet905 Shorewinds Drive

Blind Creek Beach North and South, South Ocean Drive or SR A1A on Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce

Blue Heron Beach2101 Blue Heron Boulevard, Fort Pierce

Frederick Douglass Memorial Park3600 S. Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce

Dollman Park on the beach9200 South Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach

Herman’s Bay Beach7880 South Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach

John Brooks Park on the beach3300 S Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce

Middle Cove beach4600 South Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce

Normandy beach in Jensen Beach

Pepper Park on the beach3302 N. SR A1A, Fort Pierce,

Walton Rocks Beachwith a dog park, 6700 South Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach

Waveland Beach10350 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach

Refuge house and beach301 SE MacArthur Blvd., Stuart

State Road A1A causeway in Stuart

Rick Neale is a Space Reporter at FLORIDA TODAY (for more of his stories, click here.) Contact Neale at 321-242-3638 or [email protected]. Twitter/X: @RickNeale1