Press Release

Airspace, Road, Bridge And Water Closures For MSL Launch

By SpaceRef Editor
November 18, 2011
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Airspace, Road, Bridge And Water Closures For MSL Launch

Launch Date: Nov. 25, 2011
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V
Mission: Mars Science Laboratory
Launch Pad: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41
Launch Window: 10:25 a.m. – 12:08 p.m. EST


What: Cape Canaveral Restricted Areas and Warning Areas for that Atlas V MSL Launch

When: Friday, Nov. 25, beginning as early as three hours prior to the opening of the launch window until after launch has occurred. The launch window extends from 10:25 a.m. until no later than 12:08 p.m. EST. If postponed 24 hours to Saturday, Nov. 26, the launch window extends from 10:02 a.m. until no later than 11:45 a.m.

Where: General aviation and VFR operations are limited as specified by NOTAM in Restricted Areas R-2932, R-2933, R-2934 and in Warning Areas W-497A, W-497B. Additionally, temporary flight restriction CFR 91.143 and the southern portions of Warning Areas W-157 and W-158 will also be active for the launch.

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

NOTAM Information: St. Petersburg Flight Service Station Telephone: 1-800-992-7433 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 Thursday, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m. and will reopen after launch on Nov. 25. The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge will close on Thursday, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m. and will reopen after launch on Nov. 25.

– 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 Thursday, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m. and will reopen after launch on Nov. 25.

– The A. Max Brewer Causeway bridge on S.R. 406 in Titusville (north bridge) will remain open to motor vehicle traffic.


MOSQUITO LAGOON: This area south of Haulover Canal in the Mosquito Lagoon is off limits to all boats beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24.

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 4:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.

BANANA RIVER: Security limits begin at the Banana River Barge Canal south of Kennedy Space Center and extend northward, including KARS Park on Merritt Island. This restriction is effective beginning at 4:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.

ATLANTIC OCEAN: Beginning at 8:25 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, 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. All ocean-going traffic should refrain 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 Atlas V.

All boating restrictions will be lifted by one hour after launch. On launch day, boating interests should monitor U.S. Coast Guard Radio transmitting on Marine Channel 16 from Port Canaveral for any updates to this information.

SpaceRef staff editor.