SpaceX Releases of Video Falcon Heavy Launch

Port Canaveral is excited to be sharing the future with onFalcon-Heavy.jpge of our partners, SpaceX.Watch their video showing highlights of the recent Falcon 9 Heavy launch, with many of the video clips taken right here in Port Canaveral.

CLICK HERE, to watch the video. 

Message from SpaceX: 

When Falcon Heavy lifted off, it became the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)---a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel--Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.

Following liftoff, the two side boosters separated from the center core and returned to landing site for future reuse.

Falcon Heavy put a Tesla Roadster and its passenger, Starman, into orbit around the sun. At max velocity Starman and the Roadster will travel 11 km/s (7mi/s) and travel 400 million km (250 million mi) from Earth.


In observance of President's Day, the Canaveral Port Authority's administrative offices will be closed Monday, February 19. Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

Offices will re-open Tuesday, February 20th, 2018. 


SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Viewing from Port Canaveral Information:

Port Canaveral is expecting the arrival of large crowds to view the launch of the Space X Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday, February 6th. The launch window is from 1:30pm to 4:00 pm.
For arriving visitors, please be advised of the following:

  • Jetty Park will remain open until full. When Jetty Park is full, no additional cars or people will be admitted to the Park.
  • Any vehicle parked blocking emergency vehicle access will be towed at owner’s expense.
  • All Port Canaveral cruise terminals and parking garages are closed to the public.
  • There is no public parking on the south side of SR401.
  • No drone (sUAS) operations permitted.

Due to the large numbers of people in Port Canaveral to view the launch, all visitors are reminded to exercise caution when driving and be alert for pedestrians.


Final Rule on Bridge Schedule. 

The SR 401 Drawbridges across the Canaveral Barge Canal, mile 5.5, at Port Canaveral, FL are three parallel double leaf bascule bridges that have a vertical clearance of 25 feet at MHW in the closed to navigation position and a horizontal clearance of 90 feet between the fender system. Presently, in accordance with 33 CFR 117.273(b), the bridges shall open on signal, except that from 6:15 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday except Federal holidays, the bridges need not open and from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the bridges must open on signal if at least three hours notice is given. The bridges must open as soon as possible for the passage of public vessels of the Unites States and tugs with tows. The Canaveral Port Authority, with concurrence from the bridge owner, Florida Department of Transportation requested the operating schedule be changed to allow the bridges to not open to navigation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. This will provide relief to the increase in vehicle traffic congestion on the weekends while meeting the reasonable needs of navigation.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call or email LT Allan Storm, Sector Jacksonville, Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 904-714-7616, email

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Maritime Security Awareness Training

Maritime security awareness training, which is required by 33 CFR 105.215 for employees accessing maritime facilities, is now being offered by the CPA Public Security staff. Personnel requiring a Canaveral Port Authority identification badge are required to complete this training prior to applying for the badge. Security awareness classes are being offered every Friday afternoon and space is limited. Please contact Darlene Manara,, for more information and to make reservations.

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