Kennedy News

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Oct. 23, 2009
RELEASE : 55-09
Airspace, Road, Bridge and Waterway Closures for Ares I-X
Launch Date: Oct. 27, 2009
Launch Vehicle: Ares I-X
Launch Pad: 39B
Launch Window: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. EDT
Targeted Launch Time: 8 a.m. EDT


What: Cape Canaveral Restricted Air Space

When: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2010

Where: Restricted Areas R-2932, R-2933, R-2934 over Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station are active at all times. Adjacent Restricted Area R-2935 will not be activated for this launch.

Aeronautical Chart in Use: Orlando Class B terminal area and Jacksonville sectional

Additional airspace restrictions: Warning Areas W-497A and W-497B over the Atlantic Ocean will be activated three hours prior to launch beginning at 5 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 27, until after a successful launch has occurred. There is no Temporary Flight Restriction for the Ares I-X launch.

NOTAM Information: St. Petersburg Flight Service Station
Telephone: 1-800-992-7433; Cell phone: 1-866-295-3983
Radio frequencies: 123.6 MHz (Titusville); 122.6 MHz (Melbourne)

Radio Communications: FAA Orlando Approach Control
Titusville/Cocoa area: 134.950 MHz
Melbourne area: 132.650 MHz
South Volusia County: 125.350 MHz
Space Coast Regional Airport control tower: 118.9 MHz


- The Cape Canaveral National Seashore (Playalinda Beach) will close for launch on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. and will reopen after launch. The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge will close on Monday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. and will also reopen after launch.

- State Road 406 east to State Road 3, and State Road 3 south from the Haulover Canal bridge to County Road 402 and extending to Titusville will be open to badged personnel only beginning Monday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. until after a successful launch has occurred.

- State Road 3 from the Gate 2 News Media Pass and Identification Building to State Road 405 (NASA Causeway) via Space Commerce Way will be closed for launch to unauthorized vehicles beginning at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27. NASA Causeway between the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will also close starting at that time. The roads will reopen two hours after launch.


ATLANTIC OCEAN: Beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 26 (L-1 day), 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 rocket.

INDIAN RIVER: Restrictions apply from the NASA Causeway north to the Haulover Canal and east of the Indian River's main channel. Restrictions begin Oct. 26 at 8 a.m.

MOSQUITO LAGOON: This area south of the Haulover Canal in the Mosquito Lagoon is off limits to all boats four days prior to launch beginning Oct. 26 at 8 a.m.

BANANA RIVER: Security limits begin at the Banana River Barge Canal south of Kennedy located immediately above State Road 528 and extends north. The area includes KARS Park on Merritt Island. This restriction is effective beginning Oct. 26 at 8 a.m.

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


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