CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (March 25, 2015) — KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – With a stunning spring day as the backdrop, a Delta IV rocket launched from Kennedy Space Center today at 2:36 p.m. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests experienced the amazing sights and powerful sounds of the launch from the NASA Causeway, just three miles from the launch pad.The NASA Causeway provides an up-close view of the rocket on the launch pad and during liftoff. NASA Causeway launch viewing allowed guests to feel shockwaves as they traveled across the Banana River and hear the roar of the launch. The location also offered live launch commentary.
Visitor Complex guests also viewed the launch from the LC-39 Observation Gantry, Apollo/Saturn V Center, and viewing areas adjacent to the Space Shuttle AtlantisSMattraction.
The United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carried a Global Positioning Satellite, or GPS IIF-9. This marks the ninth launch of 12 Global Positioning Satellites for the U.S. Air Force. The GPS IIF series is vital to U.S. national security and it also sustains the current GPS constellations. This provides greater accuracy for navigation, improves military signal and assists with commercial aviation and search and rescue operations.