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Re: SpaceX CCSFS/KSC (Florida Space Coast) - Launch Viewing
« Reply #40 on: 04/08/2019 03:31 am »
..., but I will be watching the launch from Playalinda Beach the next day (assuming no schedule slips).

I see that Playalinda officially closes at 8:00 PM.  Do you have any expectations of what they will do if the launch slips late into the window?  I can't see them successfully talking launch fans into leaving on time if a launch is pending.

and no cell phone signal!!!

Is there some way people there can learn of a scrub, or even of changes in T-0?

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Re: SpaceX CCSFS/KSC (Florida Space Coast) - Launch Viewing
« Reply #41 on: 04/08/2019 04:02 am »
..., but I will be watching the launch from Playalinda Beach the next day (assuming no schedule slips).

I see that Playalinda officially closes at 8:00 PM.  Do you have any expectations of what they will do if the launch slips late into the window?  I can't see them successfully talking launch fans into leaving on time if a launch is pending.

and no cell phone signal!!!

Is there some way people there can learn of a scrub, or even of changes in T-0?

The Canaveral National Seashore announced on facebook that they would stay open through the launch window. I'd say it is best to resort to radio for launch news. Several local stations will cover it, 90.7 FM or 1350 AM are good choices.

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Re: SpaceX CCSFS/KSC (Florida Space Coast) - Launch Viewing
« Reply #42 on: 04/09/2019 08:45 pm »
No parking along SR 401 for the Arabsat 6A launch throws a wrench into my plans.  It was a great (free) spot for launch and landing viewing.

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NO parking allowed on State Road 401
NO parking allowed on State Road 528 median Ė entire length
https://www.portcanaveral.com/About/Recent-News/SpaceX-Falcon-Heavy-launch-is-currently-scheduled-

Anyone have a guess as to when the parking lots at Port Canaveral will fill up?  Were they open for the Falcon Heavy test flight?  Trying to make the tough choice between Playalinda Beach (for launch) or somewhere at Port Canaveral (for landing).

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Re: SpaceX CCSFS/KSC (Florida Space Coast) - Launch Viewing
« Reply #43 on: 04/10/2019 02:22 pm »
https://fl511.com/map#camera has several traffic cameras along 528 all the way in to the port. 

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Re: SpaceX CCSFS/KSC (Florida Space Coast) - Launch Viewing
« Reply #44 on: 04/10/2019 03:46 pm »
Me and some colleagues will try to see it from Jetty Pier!

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Re: SpaceX CCSFS/KSC (Florida Space Coast) - Launch Viewing
« Reply #45 on: 04/10/2019 03:59 pm »
No parking along SR 401 for the Arabsat 6A launch throws a wrench into my plans.  It was a great (free) spot for launch and landing viewing.

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NO parking allowed on State Road 401
NO parking allowed on State Road 528 median Ė entire length
https://www.portcanaveral.com/About/Recent-News/SpaceX-Falcon-Heavy-launch-is-currently-scheduled-

Anyone have a guess as to when the parking lots at Port Canaveral will fill up?  Were they open for the Falcon Heavy test flight?  Trying to make the tough choice between Playalinda Beach (for launch) or somewhere at Port Canaveral (for landing).

They have said no parking along rt. 401 since the 1980's. Pull straight in and stay completely off the pavement. Unless they have finally gotten serious about it, you should see several hundred other cars there.
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Re: SpaceX CCSFS/KSC (Florida Space Coast) - Launch Viewing
« Reply #46 on: 04/10/2019 04:03 pm »
No parking along SR 401 for the Arabsat 6A launch throws a wrench into my plans.  It was a great (free) spot for launch and landing viewing.

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NO parking allowed on State Road 401
NO parking allowed on State Road 528 median Ė entire length
https://www.portcanaveral.com/About/Recent-News/SpaceX-Falcon-Heavy-launch-is-currently-scheduled-

Anyone have a guess as to when the parking lots at Port Canaveral will fill up?  Were they open for the Falcon Heavy test flight?  Trying to make the tough choice between Playalinda Beach (for launch) or somewhere at Port Canaveral (for landing).

They have said no parking along rt. 401 since the 1980's. Pull straight in and stay completely off the pavement. Unless they have finally gotten serious about it, you should see several hundred other cars there.

Great way to bring in county money with all of the parking tickets.   :o

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Re: SpaceX CCSFS/KSC (Florida Space Coast) - Launch Viewing
« Reply #47 on: 04/10/2019 07:29 pm »
Highway 401 is actually taped off this time. They are letting people park at the end of 401 in the usual place, plenty of room left as of right now.

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Re: SpaceX CCSFS/KSC (Florida Space Coast) - Launch Viewing
« Reply #48 on: 04/10/2019 07:47 pm »
Playalinda closed. The guard had no explanations for it.
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Re: SpaceX CCSFS/KSC (Florida Space Coast) - Launch Viewing
« Reply #49 on: 04/10/2019 08:05 pm »
Playalinda closed. The guard had no explanations for it.

All day, or recently? I thought it was supposed to close once it reached capacity.

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Re: SpaceX CCSFS/KSC (Florida Space Coast) - Launch Viewing
« Reply #50 on: 04/10/2019 08:09 pm »
Playalinda closed. The guard had no explanations for it.

All day, or recently? I thought it was supposed to close once it reached capacity.

It is nearly empty here. Can't be a capacity issue.

Odd though, because it was open last time!,

Fortunately,  I found succor at an emergency shelter by the bridge.  .
« Last Edit: 04/10/2019 08:10 pm by sghill »
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Re: SpaceX CCSFS/KSC (Florida Space Coast) - Launch Viewing
« Reply #51 on: 04/10/2019 08:16 pm »
Jetty Park parking is full/closed. Was just turned around from there. Looking at parking in lot F or G, then walking to Jetty Park. There is no one (no staff) at those lots to right now.

Since they are charging for parking at the port this time around (thatís new, right?), maybe they are serious about no parking along SR-401.

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Re: SpaceX CCSFS/KSC (Florida Space Coast) - Launch Viewing
« Reply #52 on: 04/10/2019 09:11 pm »
Parking at the end of 401 is about 3/4 full as of right now.  Should be at capacity within half an hour.

The shoulder along 401 itself was taped off this time, so yes they appear serious about keeping people from parking.

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Re: SpaceX CCSFS/KSC (Florida Space Coast) - Launch Viewing
« Reply #53 on: 04/10/2019 09:25 pm »
I opted for parking st the port and walking to Jetty Park. I saw this on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/marekcyzio/status/1115351881503711232

Looks like it wasnít a bluff.
« Last Edit: 04/10/2019 10:50 pm by Chris Bergin »

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Re: SpaceX CCSFS/KSC (Florida Space Coast) - Launch Viewing
« Reply #54 on: 04/10/2019 10:25 pm »
FYI, they arenít letting any more people into Jetty Park, even on foot. They are redirecting people to the boat ramp.

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Re: SpaceX CCSFS/KSC (Florida Space Coast) - Launch Viewing
« Reply #55 on: 04/10/2019 10:30 pm »
Playalinda closed. The guard had no explanations for it.

Word on the street is that POTUS is here for the launch!

Obviously, I cannot confirm...
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Playalinda closed. The guard had no explanations for it.

Word on the street is that POTUS is here for the launch!

Obviously, I cannot confirm...

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Re: SpaceX CCSFS/KSC (Florida Space Coast) - Launch Viewing
« Reply #57 on: 04/11/2019 12:21 am »
FYI, they arenít letting any more people into Jetty Park, even on foot. They are redirecting people to the boat ramp.
For future reference, and for those of us not from the area, where it "the boat ramp"?
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: SpaceX CCSFS/KSC (Florida Space Coast) - Launch Viewing
« Reply #58 on: 04/11/2019 12:34 am »
These unprecedented closures of all the regular spots is upsetting. I truly hope that Delaware North is not involved in the change. Launch cadence and importance is ticking up to new heights this year and next with crewed launches, booster returns, heavies, New Glenn, and all the other activity coming up. Hopefully the local authorities will find a way to provide more viewing area that is open to the public rather than only closing things off.

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Re: SpaceX CCSFS/KSC (Florida Space Coast) - Launch Viewing
« Reply #59 on: 04/11/2019 04:59 pm »
For future reference, and for those of us not from the area, where it "the boat ramp"?
Google Maps satellite imagery is out of date (I attached a screenshot from Apple Maps), but the boat ramp is located here:
https://goo.gl/maps/yNRrBB2RYR82

It's just West of Jetty Park.  It's not a great spot, since there is a berm on the other side of the inlet that gets in the way of seeing the final moments of landing.

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