Excitement building along Space Coast ahead of Crew-2 launch

More than 200,000 people expected in Brevard County for launch

Spectators are gathering to watch the historic Crew-2 launch from Kennedy Space Center.

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – With anticipation building for Friday’s launch of four astronauts to the International Space Station, families are making plans along the Space Coast to secure a spot for watching the liftoff.

Jetty Park, which is one of the prime launch day viewing locations, is where Carrie Fountain and her family have parked their RV since Wednesday.

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“We’re really excited that it’s the crewed launch and people going to the space station,” Fountain said. “We just think it’s history in the making and want the kids to see it.”

According to Brevard County officials, there could be more than 200,000 people coming into the county for Friday’s SpaceX Crew-2 launch, which is scheduled for 5:49 a.m.

Shannon Hoyt made the trip from southwest Florida and said she’s excited to watch a launch for the first time with her family.

“We drove over here to see the rocket launch and have a couple days of learning about space,” Hoyt said. “Just have fun with it and enjoy it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”

Traffic is expected to be busy along the Space Coast early Friday. Drivers are urged to follow electronic message signs for pre-launch and post-launch traffic.

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