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Space Coast residents have a front row seat for all space launches from Cape Canaveral. The space program is a source of community pride.

A Community Gathers

Space Coast residents are making plans for Friday morning's scheduled launch of SpaceX's CREW 2, a manned space-flight mission. Florida's Space Coast offers 72 miles of coastline with the Kennedy Space Center resting on Cape Canaveral at the north end of the county. Although launches are a frequent occurance here, there is always a sense of excitement and pride at every launch. When launches occur during business hours on a weekday, you'll see office workers gathering outside of offices all over the county, peering into the northeast sky. The beach is a popular spot for launch viewing as well. It's great to head to the north end of the county for an up close view but the truth is, it is a thrilling experience from almost any vantage point in the county. Residents watch coverage on TV, wait for the countdown and then head into their yards to watch the rockets fly. There is an extra element of excitement when the launches are manned. 

There is plenty of excitement in the days preceeding liftoff for a manned flight as astronauts arrive in town for preparations. Local businesses benefits from the tourism aspect. It is estimated nearly 220,000 people came to watch the last manned space flight. The Space Coast is unique in being able to promote watching a space launch from a beautiful Florida beach.

Launch Information From the SpaceX Website

We pulled this information directly from the SpaceX website. For more detail, visit their site at SpaceX.com.

"SpaceX and NASA are targeting Friday, April 23 for Falcon 9’s launch of Dragon’s second six-month operational crew mission (Crew-2) to the International Space Station (ISS) from historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The instantaneous launch window opens at 5:49 a.m. EDT, 9:49 UTC, with a backup opportunity available on Monday, April 26 at 4:38 a.m. EDT, 8:48 UTC.

Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage will land on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

This is the first human spaceflight mission to fly astronauts on a flight-proven Falcon 9 and Dragon. The Falcon 9 first stage supporting this mission previously launched the Crew-1 mission in November 2020, and the Dragon spacecraft previously flew Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to and from the International Space Station during SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission in 2020.

As part of the Commercial Crew Program, NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet will fly aboard the Dragon spacecraft during the Crew-2 mission. On Saturday, April 24, at approximately 5:09 a.m. EDT, 9:09 UTC, Dragon will autonomously dock with the International Space Station. This will be the first time Dragon will fly two international partners and it will also be the first time two Crew Dragons are attached simultaneously to the orbiting laboratory.

After an approximate six-month stay, Dragon and the Crew-2 astronauts will depart from the space station no earlier than October 31 for return to Earth and splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. The Crew-2 mission webcast will go live about 4 hours before liftoff. Tune in here to watch live."

Holiday Builders Space Coast Homes

Holiday Builders offers new homes in Palm Bay and in West Melbourne. Homebuyers may elect to build on their own lot, or one owned by Holiday in Palm Bay. There are two new homes communities in Palm Bay: Bayridge and Sabal Key. Holiday Builders single family homes are available in one and two-story floorplans. Each new home may be personalized with design features including flooring, countertops and cabinetry. Each home comes with a two-year, non-transferable warranty - that's twice the industry standard. The Space Coast benefits from the space industry in many ways including jobs, tourism and community pride. For more information on Space Coast new homes, visit our website.