Experience the Launch of NASA’s ICESat-2, and the Final Delta II Rocket tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 15 at 5:46 am (PDT)
Date/Time: The launch is slated for Saturday, Sept. 15, with a 40-minute window opening at 5:46 a.m. PDT. The launch date and time are subject to change due to technical or weather conditions.
Launch Location: The spacecraft will lift off from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, California.
Public Viewing Locations: The recommended public viewing site is near Vandenberg’s main gate, off of Corral Road. Additionally, visitors can often see the launches by pulling off the road along Ocean Avenue, west of downtown Lompoc.
Hotels: Lompoc hotels book up quickly for launch weekends, so advanced reservations are highly recommended. View Options
NASA MISSION OVERVIEW
The Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, will measure the height of a changing Earth, one laser pulse at a time, 10,000 laser pulses a second. Slated for launch September 15, 2018 from Vandenberg AirForce Base, ICESat-2 will carry a photon-counting laser altimeter that will allow scientists to measure the elevation of ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice and more – all in unprecedented detail. The satellite launches on ULA’s last Delta II rocket, which has previously carried NASA satellites and spacecraft including the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers, Landsat 7 and, in 2003, the original ICESat. More Information