Kennedy Space Center
Last revised March 23, 2000.
Shuttle Launch Car Passes
Car passes allow visitors to drive their vehicles within
the restricted perimeter of Kennedy Space Center to a launch
viewing site located on the NASA Causeway. This viewing area
is about six miles (10 kilometers) from the launch pads and
is the closest viewing area available to the general public.
There is no charge for a car pass.
A car pass must be reserved in advance and is issued based
on availability. Requests are welcome from visitors to the
area regardless of national origin, and only one pass per
vehicle is required. Some handicapped parking is available
for holders of handicapped parking permits. If you need handicapped
parking, please mention this requirement on your car pass
request. If you are driving a camper or recreational vehicle,
indicate on your postcard that you will need a pass for an
To request a car pass, send a postcard with your name, address,
and the mission number of the launch you wish to see to: Car
Passes, PA-PASS, Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32899.
Once your request arrives you will be mailed to advise you
of the status of your request. If you are to be a recipient,
the car pass will be mailed to you approximately three weeks
before the mission's launch.
Directions from Orlando to KSC
Map From Orlando International Airport to Kennedy
From Orlando International, exit the north exit to 528 East
(the Beeline). Take the Beeline east past two tolls ($1.00
and $0.25) to a left exit labelled "407, Titusville, Kennedy
Space Center". Take 407 until it ends at 405.
Turn right onto 405 and proceed east. After approximately
1 mile you will see a Redstone rocket on your right -- this
is the KSC Badge and Identification Building and the entrance
to Kennedy Space Center.
If you arrive at any time past six hours before a launch,
you will find a guard stationed at the gate (known as Gate
#3) just past this site. If you do not have a car pass or
other valid access authorization, you will not be allowed
to enter the Space Center. If you are allowed to enter or
this gate is not manned, continue past this building, over
a draw bridge and continue east.
In a few minutes, you will see the KSC Visitor Complex on
your right. This is where bus tickets for launch viewing can
be purchased and where tours, food, exhibits, movies, space-related
memorabilia and other merchandise can be purchased after a
launch or on non-launch days.
If you have a car pass, continue straight ahead to the launch
viewing site which is located on the Kennedy Space Center
overlooking the Banana River.