|Delta 2 Launch Viewing|
|Jetty Park, Cape Canaveral, FL|
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Page updated September 10, 2011
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THE DELTA 2 PROGRAM IN FLORIDA CAME TO A SUCCESSFUL AND SPECTACULAR END ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2011, WITH THE LAUNCH OF GRAIL TO THE MOON. THERE ARE NO FURTHER DELTA 2 MISSIONS FROM FLORIDA. THANK YOU FOR YOUR VIEWERSHIP OVER THE YEARS! HOPEFULLY, A PAD VISIBLE FROM JETTY PARK WILL BE USED AGAIN IN THE FUTURE. FOR NOW, THIS PAGE IS ARCHIVED AS IT WAS ON SEPTEMBER 8 2011 BEFORE THE FINAL LAUNCH.
NEXT DELTA 2 LAUNCH
The next and currently last Boeing/United Launch Alliance Delta 2 from Cape Canaveral is scheduled to launch NASA's twin-spacecraft Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission to the Moon on September 10, 2011, at 8:29am EDT. There is a second instantaneous opportunity at 9:08am EDT that day. The Delta 2 will fly in the Heavy version with slightly larger Solid Rocket Boosters than a regular Delta 2.
Information on the launch and the latest information on weather and technical status can be found at www.SpaceflightNow.com. You should check there before leaving for the launch to make sure it is still on time. You can receive up-to-the-minute text message launch updates on your cell phone from them by texting "follow spaceflightnow" to 40404 (to stop them, text "leave spaceflightnow"; you can turn it on and off at any time). You can also keep track of future launch dates here
If you have further questions, or want to know how to photograph a Delta 2 launch, please ask
|A Delta 2 heads for orbit early on the morning of September 27, 2007 with the asteroid belt-bound Dawn probe, as seen from the pier in Jetty Park.|
|LAUNCH VIEWING FROM JETTY PARK
Google Earth / Maps coordinates: 28.4083 N, 80.5873 W
Jetty Park is the most beautiful launch viewing site, and the closest the public can get to any rocket launch in this hemisphere. It is 2.9 miles away from twin Pads 17A & 17B (Google Earth / Maps coordinates 28.447 N, 80.566 W).
From that short distance in Jetty Park, Delta 2 launches are considerably loud (given that their power, 790,000 lbs of thrust at liftoff, is a ninth that of the shuttle) and very scenic as they rise up and out over the Atlantic in front of you.
Delta 2 is the fastest rocket to launch from the Cape and in this author's opinion, is the most 'rocket-like' of rocket launches.
The 1200-foot launch viewing pier was built for just this experience (and fishing too, of course). Live updates on how the countdown is progressing can now be had by texting "follow spaceflightnow" to 40404, courtesy of SpaceflightNow.com. Many people who regularly attend the launches carry scanners for following the countdown. If it is a NASA launch, tune to 146.9400, a local ham club which sometimes relays NASA Television. Non-NASA launches are intermittent as far as scanner relays, but local radio stations may carry updates.
Enjoy the show!
Further down the page are links to videos of Delta 2 launches from the Jetty Park pier.
DIRECTIONS TO JETTY PARK
From Daytona: 70 mins driving time with no traffic. Take I-95 south 55 miles to Exit 205 The Beachline EAST towards 'Canaveral: Cape-Port-AFS.' Stay on for about 15 miles.
***There are two exits for Port Canaveral, the first is a big BLUE sign and the second is a big GREEN sign, marked exits A and B, respectively. Take the second exit, the giant GREEN sign marked TERMINAL B / South piers. Go left off the exit ramp and follow this road (George King Blvd.) to the end, which is the entrance to Jetty Park.
From Orlando: Take Rt. 528 the Beachline EAST towards Cape Canaveral. Follow all the way (stay to the right when the highway forks) to the cruise ship terminals at Port Canaveral. Follow same *** directions as above, looking for the GREEN sign.
From South of Cape: Take I-95 north to Exit 205 the Beachline EAST. Stay on for about 15 miles. Follow same *** directions as above, looking for the GREEN sign.
From Cocoa Beach or South on A1A: Follow A1A north. Just inside the town limit of Cape Canaveral, and right before A1A begins to curve off to the left, is a 'T' intersection with a traffic light. The cross-street (N. Atlantic Ave, technically a continuation of A1A which is N. Atlantic Ave. from this intersection southward but not northward) is only to the right (in otherwords, there is no street on the left; it is a T intersection). Turn right here. Immediately after turning right, N. Atlantic Avenue turns 90 degrees again to the left and heads north parallel to A1A. Take this road to the end and make a right onto George King Blvd., which leads straight into Jetty Park.
FOR ALL DIRECTIONS ABOVE:
There is a $7.00 cash parking fee per car for Jetty Park. Park and walk to the very end of the pier (the best, clearest view is in the last 200 or so feet on the pier). The earlier you arrive, the better your spot, as it can get crowded. The end is usually already crowded by two-hours prior to liftoff time. The whole pier can hold a few thousand people. Evening or weekend launches will attract the most people, and higher-profile NASA-payload launches such as Mars missions will attract even more attention -- and more people.
BEACH VIEWING (OR IF PIER WERE CLOSED)
Google Earth / Maps coordinates: 28.3915 N, 80.5965 W
Jetty Park is always open for overnight launches, no matter what the time. However, in 2004, hurricanes damaged the pier and forced managers to close it after dark regardless of launches for a few months. This only lasted a short time, however, and the pier has been open for all launches since regardless of time. If you found that the park was closed for any reason, or just want to be on the beach instead, from here you would U-turn at the entrance, head back to N. Atlantic Avenue, and turn left. Less than a mile south of George King Blvd is Washington Ave., which is the first street with easy beach access and parking spaces (there may be other streets before it but beach access and parking may be restricted to private property). Walk out onto the beach (you can also walk up the beach to get closer if you are up to it). There is no charge to park here and you may do so at any time. Distance from the Washington Ave. spot to Pad 17A/B is 4.2 miles. Expect the sound to be more muted compared with the pier.
ONE LAST NOTE
In the past, the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex has sold tickets to view the launch from the NASA causeway (typically used to view Space Shuttle launches) and touted it as close on-site viewing. The NASA causeway is about eight miles from Pad 17 and not a prime viewing site. This launch viewing may be 'on site' but Cape Canaveral is a big place, and the Delta 2 launch pads happen to be the furthest south and closer to public-accessible areas than the causeway.
Jetty Park is the place for Delta 2 launches.
VIDEOS OF DELTA 2 LAUNCHES FROM THE JETTY PARK PIER
Daytime / Sunrise (Dawn spacecraft)
Daytime (Mars Odyssey)
Hazy daytime (Mars Spirit)
Nighttime (Mars Opportunity)
Nighttime (GPS 2R-19M)
Nighttime (GPS 2R-19M)
Nighttime (Mars Phoenix)
|PHOTOS OF DELTA 2 LAUNCHES FROM THE JETTY PARK PIER:|
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Sunset - actual view