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When will the next rocket launch from Florida? SpaceX’s Turksat mission will take place in July

When will the next rocket launch from Florida? SpaceX’s Turksat mission will take place in July


SpaceX Falcon 9 will deploy Turkey’s first domestically built geostationary communications satellite, Türksat 6A, from a launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Did you see (or hear) the Fourth of July fireworks? Another spectacular “ray of light in the sky” is coming, courtesy of SpaceX.

Just before Independence Day 2024, SpaceX made waves with a stunning launch of the Starlink rocket in the middle of the night. Photos show incredible rays of light and beautiful cloud formations following the launch, which took place very early in the morning on the day before the 4th of July.

The space agency’s next rocket launch is scheduled for rush hour, one of its busiest weekdays (see below for details). The Türksat 6A mission could be the 49th launch in 2024 in Florida.

This year, SpaceX was responsible for 45 of the first 48 Space Coast launches through the end of June. United Launch Alliance sent up the other three rockets: the first Vulcan on its Jan. 8 certification mission, the final Delta IV Heavy on April 9 on the NROL-70 mission, and the inaugural mission of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft on June 5.

Can you see a rocket launch from Kennedy Space Center or Cape Canaveral in Daytona Beach or New Smyrna Beach?

Weather permitting and depending on cloud cover, yes, rocket launches from the neighboring Space Coast could be visible in the Volusia County area.

Below are suggestions on where to watch, as well as photos of past rocket launches, such as those seen in the Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and Port Orange areas of Florida. If there are any changes to the launch, this story will be updated.

Is there a rocket launch from Florida? The next one will be on Monday, July 8: SpaceX Türksat 6A

Although SpaceX has not yet announced the mission, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Space Coast Tourism Office report that the Türksat 6A satellite will launch on Monday afternoon.

Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will deploy Turkey’s first domestically-made geostationary communications satellite, the Space Coast Tourism Office reports.

Launch: 5:20 pm EDT Monday, July 8, 2024

Location: Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Station

Trajectory: To the east

Live coverage: If you would like to watch live coverage of the rocket launch, the FLORIDA TODAY space team will provide updates at floridatoday.com/space, beginning 90 minutes before liftoff. You can download the free FLORIDA TODAY app, which is available in the App Store or Google Play, or type floridatoday.com/space in your browser.

Weather radar for Daytona Beach, Florida. Will bad weather cancel a rocket launch?

The National Weather Service radar from Melbourne is displayed, showing real-time conditions for the Fun Coast and other parts of Florida. The current date and time are displayed at the bottom right of this built-in radar, otherwise you may need to clear the cache.

Ormond Beach, Florida live webcam

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In Volusia County, immediately north of Brevard County, home to Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, you can get a great view of a rocket launch from SpaceX, NASA or United Launch Alliance.

The best views to watch a rocket launch from here are from the beach. Look south. Readers have also mentioned watching a rocket launch from New Smyrna Beach, Daytona Beach, and Ormond Beach. Here are some recommended locations:

South Beach in New Smyrna (Canaveral National Seashore), there may be parking fees. New Smyrna Beach boasts 17 miles of white sand beaches. An eclectic and picturesque seaside town, despite its reputation as the “shark bite capital of the world,” New Smyrna Beach has always been a haven for surfers who come for the waves.

Dinner and launch: Perfect for a SpaceX or NASA rocket launch, the best waterfront restaurants in Volusia County

Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park6656 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Bethune Beach, which is 3.5 miles south of New Smyrna Beach and one mile north of the Apollo Beach entrance to Canaveral Coast National Park, has restrooms, picnic pavilions, showers and nearly 800 feet of beachfront sidewalk, according to the Volusia County website. The nearby riverfront park area is across South Atlantic Avenue with tennis courts, pickle ball courts, basketball and volleyball courts, a playground, fishing pier and restrooms. The river next to the park can be a great place to spot manatees, dolphins and pelicans.

Apollo Beach at Canaveral National Seashore (south of New Smyrna Beach). Canaveral National Seashore stretches along Florida’s east coast in Volusia County and Brevard County. To access Apollo Beach, take Interstate 95 to Exit 249, then travel east until it becomes State Road A1A. Follow SR A1A south to the park entrance.

Oak Hill Riverfront It is the southernmost city in South Volusia County.

Dawn Park275 River Road, Oak Hill

Goodrich Oyster & Seafood House Rear Terrace, 253 River Road, Oak Hill

Seminole Rest National Historic Site211 River Road, Oak Hill

Riverbreeze Park250 HH Burch Road, Oak Hill

Mary Dewees Park178 N. Gaines St., Oak Hill. Facilities include a rental building, playground, baseball field, basketball courts, tennis courts, outdoor restrooms, pavilions, picnic areas and grills.

Nancy Cummings Park232 Cummings St., Oak Hill. Facilities include a playground, baseball field, basketball courts, outdoor pavilion and restrooms.

Jimmie Vann Sunrise Park275 River Road, Oak Hill. This spot has about 350 feet of beautifully restored shoreline, according to the Town of Oak Hill online. Facilities include a pavilion, picnic tables and kayak launching facilities.

AC Delbert Dewees Municipal Pier243 River Road, Oak Hill. Facilities include a 520-foot observation pier with two covered decks and seating, according to the Town of Oak Hill website.

Bird watching pier on River Road, across from the A.C. Delbert Municipal Pier (see above). Facilities include a 100-foot observation dock.

Photograph of a rocket launch from Port Orange, Florida

Photos of a rocket launch from New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Photos of a rocket launch from Daytona Beach, Florida

Photograph of a rocket launch from Ormond-by-the-Sea, Florida

Sangalang is a lead digital producer for USA TODAY Network-Florida. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @byjensangalang. Support local journalism. Consider subscribing to a Florida newspaper.