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Thanks for the suggestions everyone! Ill be able to mill over them while I wait for my travel form to go through the bureaucratic grinder.

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So, I just watched Hispasat launch.  We parked along the north side of the 401, across the road from the parking garage.  The roadside is just wide enough to pull off straight, and it's elevated with no trees obstructing vision.  Highly recommended.

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Hispasat 30W-6 launch montage partially filmed from a parking lot located near the Aviation Maintenance Science building at Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach.

What's neat was that I was able to see the first stage reentry burn from my vantage point about 6 and a half minutes into the flight. The bad news was I didn't get any video or photos of it because I was not expecting to see that reentry burn.

« Last Edit: 03/06/2018 06:19 pm by ZachS09 »
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Hispasat 30W-6 launch montage partially filmed from a parking lot located near the Aviation Maintenance Science building at Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach.

What's neat was that I was able to see the first stage reentry burn from my vantage point about 6 and a half minutes into the flight. The bad news was I didn't get any video or photos of it because I was not expecting to see that reentry burn.



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I went to KSCVC on Monday for the launch.  Traffic was the worst I have ever seen, Easter Break up north, so a lot of tourist.  The last 1.7 miles to park took two hours.  And then I got sick and left for my brothers house 15 miles away.  But it got cloudy there so we watched it on TV.

I am glad I left early.  Traffic leaving was worse, with accidents.  And 4 visitors to the launch were killed in an accident. Very sad to learn of that news.
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Noob question, is it possible to watch a launch outside the gate near the Sands Space History Center?

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Noob question, is it possible to watch a launch outside the gate near the Sands Space History Center?

Always a good question, answered many times farther down in the thread.  But from personal experience, pretty much anywhere along the north side of 401 is dandy.  You might be able to drive all the way into the area you mention, but the trees are gonna block the early phase of the launch.

I found an area down by the cruise terminal that you could see all the way to LC40.  401 is a little elevated down there, which helps a bunch.  Folks parked perpendicular to the road on the shoulder, ignoring the "No Parking" signage. See my post on the Hispasat launch downthread.  Roughly 8 miles to the pad.

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