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Old 11-26-2010
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Default bucket list item - see a shuttle launch

There is a shuttle launch scheduled for Feb 27, 2011. Can anyone suggest where I can camp and have a good view of the launch? Jetty Point Park is already booked with winter campers.
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Old 11-27-2010
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Seeing (and feeling!) a launch IS really impressive!!! I saw a Titan launch...so keep your options open - the shuttle is "the best", but other takeoffs will open your eyes & ears also.

I have been at Jetty Park as a camper AND as a day user...as an FYI, you can perhaps get there early and just park in the area near the inlet canal and have a fine viewing spot just as a day user. This might be something to consider as a back up plan.

Sorry, I am not familiar with other camping options in the area.

Good luck!
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We went to see a launch once, we were staying at Bike Week and drove down that morning for a pre-dawn launch, we parked on a causeway were a bunch of spectators were gathered. Totally worth it, has to be seen to be believed.
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I too intend to head to the last SST flight. I plan to head that way right after the SWBB meet at Quartzsite. I'll have my toad so if necessary I'll park at a distance and proceed to a viewing area in the toad. Suggestions?

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I worked on a shuttle launch and was able to walk under and up to the top of the tower and look into the flight deck. What a view from up top! Then on launch day, 3 am! 5 min. before lift off I could leave my computer and go up through the bunker roof, about 12 miles from the pad and I could not believe the force pounding me or how it lights up the Sky's. 3 months on Coco Beach I will not forget.
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When I was helping to move large yachts, I had been by this one many times but have never been in it http://www.christmasrvpark.com/index.html it is located in Christmas, FL on FLA SR50 (Colonial Drive) about 10 miles east of Interstate 95 Exit #215 at Titusville, FL.
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Dan,
If you have a toad, you could stay at OutDoor Resort at Melbourne Beach. It is a great park, ocean on one side and Indian River on the other. I have seen many launches from the beach at the park. If you want to get close, you can drive about 30 minutes north on A1A and park beside the road. It is someting you will never forget. There is also a smaller park next door with camping spots overlooking the beach. It is much cheaper but you are camping in a lot of sand. It is called A1A trailer park. Again, both are south a few miles, and if you have never seen a launch before, I would take the toad and drive up. Check mapquest.com for the distance to the site. Also Floridatoday.com (local newspaper, on line) usually has the info you need for a great spot to see the launch. Lee and Jackie Davis are staying at a park very close, check the map and email them, there may be a spot where they are staying. Wish I could go to this one. You are in for a treat!
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There are several Bluebirders in TGO in Titusville. We have a place there and we either ride our golf cart to the driving range or the #10 tee to watch the launches.

TGO is about 15 or so miles as the crow flies from the launch pad, but is a good place to watch and miss the two hour traffic jam. By watching it at TGO you miss the first 5 seconds of the launch and you do not get neck strain.

Hish Amaral, Bill Pape, John Wyatt, that post on this forum can give you more information. Stay at TGO and have a mini Blue Bird Rally.
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Caution ! , this post is more than a year old, but may still be good info......


Originally Posted by Bill Pape
Hey Shuttle & Rocket Launch Fans.

Here is some info. These launches change and reschedule sometimes , So
here is the web site, we enjoy the launches, so we find a good viewing spot and hope for the best.

http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html

near-by RV Parks usually full for any launch

http://www.jettypark.org/

http://www.brevardparks.com/parks/pr...ateeHammockrg/

Both of the above are on the water great viewing.


http://www.tgoresort.com/ About 5/10 mile drive Top 10 Park

http://www.christmasrvpark.com/index.html 15 miles to the Water

http://koa.com/where/fl/09285/ About 10 miles to the water.

http://www.sonrisepalmsrvpark.com/index.php
I 95 exit 201


The launch can be seen from anywhere, It is more spectacular to see it
from the Water and watch the lift off.

At I 95 exit 215, there is a Cracker Barrel, Walmart, HomeDepot, Lowes, and a small truck stop, Overnight is not encouraged in all of Florida, But Titusville is more laid back, I always see a few RVs at these sites.
$5.00 fee at the truck stop for overnight parking.
http://www.truckstopinfoplus.com/sho...&state=Florida

Alway expect a crowd and traffic delays. Lots of Spectators.
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