Airspace, Road, Bridge and Water Closures for SpaceX Demo-2

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  May 22, 2020 
Airspace, Road, Bridge and Water Closures for SpaceX Demo-2

Launch Date: May 27, 2020
Launch Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and SpaceX Crew Dragon
Launch Pad: 39A
Launch Window: 4:33 p.m. EDT, Instantaneous
Targeted Launch Time: 4:33:00 p.m. EDT


What: Cape Canaveral Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR)

When: Wednesday, May 27 from 12:30 p.m. until no later than 5:30 p.m. EDT.

Where: All general aircraft operations are prohibited within a 40-nautical-mile radius of Launch Pad 39A from the surface to (but not including) 18,000 feet (located on the Melbourne VOR/DME 009-degree radial at 30.6 nautical miles).

Pilots should obtain NOTAM information regarding affected airports. 

Aeronautical Chart in Use: Orlando TAC Chart/Orlando Class B Airspace, Enroute L-24 Chart and Jacksonville sectional

Additional airspace restrictions: Within an airspace radius of 40 nautical miles of Pad 39A, a discrete transponder code must be obtained and clearance granted from air traffic control before entering this airspace. Continuous radio communications must be maintained. All VFR aircraft are restricted to 180 knots or less unless a variance is granted by air traffic control. Pilots should obtain NOTAM information to determine the affected airports within this radius before departure.

NOTAM Information: St. Petersburg Flight Service Station
Telephone: 1-800-992-7433 
Radio frequencies: 122.5 MHz (Titusville) Transmitting/Receiving
122.1 MHz (Melbourne) Transmitting, 110.0 Receiving

Radio Communications:  FAA Orlando Approach Control
Titusville/Cocoa area: 134.950 MHz
Melbourne area: 132.650 MHz
South Volusia County (Daytona Beach approach): 125.350 MHz
Space Coast Regional Airport control tower:  118.9 MHz, 121.85 MHz ground


- The Cape Canaveral National Seashore (Playalinda Beach) will close for launch on Tuesday, May 26, at sunset and will reopen after launch. The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge will close on Tuesday, May 26, at sunset and will reopen after launch.

- State Road 406 east to State Road 3, and State Road 3 from the Haulover Canal bridge south to County Road 402 leading to Titusville will be open to badged personnel only beginning on Wednesday, May 27, at 6 a.m. until after a successful launch is confirmed. 

- State Road 3 from the Gate 2 the Central Industry Accreditation Office Building to State Road 405 (NASA Causeway) via Space Commerce Way will be closed for launch to unauthorized vehicles beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27. NASA Causeway between the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will also close at that time. The roads will reopen after launch.                                                                  


ATLANTIC OCEAN: Beginning at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27 and continuing through launch, a general exclusion zone will be in effect three miles offshore from the Haulover Canal, on the northern end of Kennedy Space Center, and southward to Port Canaveral. Four hours prior to launch, all ocean-going traffic will be restricted from entering an area measured from nine statute miles north and south of the launch pad and extending 64 nautical miles east into the ocean. An additional three-mile-wide exclusion zone will be extended eastward along the flight path of the space shuttle. 

INDIAN RIVER: Restrictions apply from the NASA Causeway north to Haulover Canal and east of the Indian River's main channel.  Restrictions are in effect beginning at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27.                                            

BANANA RIVER:  Security limits begin at the Banana River Barge Canal south of Kennedy which is located immediately above State Road 528 and extends north.  The area includes KARS Park on Merritt Island. This restriction is effective beginning at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27.

All boating restrictions will be lifted one hour after launch.  Boating interests should monitor U.S. Coast Guard Radio transmitting on Marine Channel 16 from Port Canaveral.

Follow along with launch activities and get more information about the mission at: Learn more about commercial crew and space station activities by following @Commercial_Crew, @space_station, and @ISS_Research on Twitter as well as the Commercial Crew Facebook, ISS Facebook and ISS Instagram accounts.



Press Contacts

Gregory B. Harland
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.


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