SpaceX helps ignite space tourism on Space Coast; new launch viewing app debuts
The Space Coast's tourism agency is seeking to capitalize on the renewed popularity of viewing rocket launches, as evidenced by this month's launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy from Kennedy Space Center.
More than 100,000 people came to Brevard County to watch that launch, filling local hotels and restaurants. The crowds reminded many Space Coast residents of the days of the space shuttle program that ended in 2011.
The Space Coast Office of Tourism this month introduced its Launch Console phone app that is available for free in Apple's App Store. A version for Android phone users is scheduled to come out in early March via Google Play.
The app's features include a launch schedule, mission details, information on each rocket type, a compass to locate the direction from which each launch will occur and live video streaming.
Tiffany Minton, marketing director for the Office of Tourism, said a later upgrade to the app will include a feature on the best places to watch a launch.
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