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08.01.

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George Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
321-867-2468
george.h.diller@nasa.gov

RELEASE: 41-07

AIRSPACE, BRIDGES AND WATERWAY RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT FOR


STS-118

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- For the STS-118 launch of Space Shuttle


Endeavour, NASA managers are urging all aircraft pilots and boaters
to fully comply with the airspace, bridges and waterway restrictions
imposed around Kennedy Space Center prior to and during shuttle
launches and landings.

"As always, we are coordinating with officials from the U.S. Air Force
Eastern Range, Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Coast Guard
to help provide a safe launch environment for the shuttle crew and
for interested spectators," said KSC Launch Director Mike Leinbach.
"Violating these restrictions is not only unsafe for the astronauts
and support crews, it's unsafe for the violator."

The first launch opportunity is Tuesday, Aug. 7, with liftoff targeted


for 7:02 p.m. EDT. This launch time is approximately in the middle of
a 10-minute launch window. At NASA's request, Air Force and Coast
Guard surveillance aircraft will patrol Eastern Range airspace
boundaries on launch day. Violators will be intercepted by patrol
forces, thoroughly investigated and subject to FAA enforcement
action. A number of restrictions remain in effect around KSC during
the hours immediately following the launch of a space shuttle.

The following are restrictions that apply to pilots, boaters and motor
vehicle operators using the airspace, waterways, or roads and bridges
that lead to KSC.

KSC AREA AVIATION RESTRICTIONS

For the launch of Endeavour on mission STS-118, all restricted areas


surrounding KSC will be active and the area covered by flight
restrictions has once again been expanded for this launch.

Due to international terrorist activities, heightened security is


essential to protect the space shuttle as a national asset. An
inadvertent unauthorized incursion into the area of the Cape
Canaveral Temporary Flight Restriction, or TFR, could cause a scrub
in the launch of Endeavour, the activation of airspace defenses and
an FAA enforcement action. Local pilots are asked to help NASA by
respecting these temporary but necessary restrictions so the launch
can occur on time and without incident.

The Eastern Range restricted airspace for KSC and Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station is in effect on a continuous basis and is off limits to
general aviation pilots. Access is limited to official aircraft only.
The restricted airspace normally covers the area bounded by the
Indian River to the west, Port Canaveral to the south, the city of
Oak Hill to the north, and three miles over the Atlantic Ocean to the
east. Pilots are encouraged to consult the current FAA aeronautical
chart for Orlando Class B airspace.

On launch day, these restricted areas will be expanded by the TFR and
will be activated seven hours before the launch window opens. This
will continue in effect until 30 minutes after launch, after which
the standard restricted areas for KSC and Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station will be in effect. On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the TFR will be
activated at 11:57 a.m. EDT. The launch is targeted to occur within a
launch window that extends from 6:57 to 7:07 p.m. EDT. The TFR will
remain in effect until 7:38 p.m. EDT. If the launch is scrubbed,
pilots should check NOTAMs for the hours the TFR will be in effect
for the next launch attempt.

General aviation and VFR operations are prohibited within a


30-nautical-mile radius of Launch Pad 39A from the surface to (but
not including) 18,000 feet (located on the Melbourne VOR/DME
004-degree radial at 30.6 nautical miles). Among the public-use
general aviation airports affected within this area include Space
Coast Regional Airport and Arthur Dunn Airpark, both in Titusville,
and Merritt Island Airport on Merritt Island.

Within an airspace radius between 30 and 40 nautical miles, a discrete


transponder code must be obtained and clearance granted from air
traffic control before entering this airspace. Continuous radio
communications must be maintained.

Among the public-use airports affected within the 30- to


40-nautical-mile radius in which flight is permitted but under
positive air traffic control are Orlando International Airport,
Orlando Executive Airport, Orlando-Sanford International Airport, New
Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport, Melbourne International Airport and
Valkaria airport. While Massey Ranch in Edgewater is within 30 miles
of Pad 39A, there is a four-mile cutout which includes this airport
within the 30-40 mile radius.

Before flight, pilots should contact the St. Petersburg FAA Flight
Service Station at 1-800/WxBrief (1-800/992-7433) for details of the
restrictions contained in the NOTAMs.

In flight, outside Orlando Class B airspace, pilots should contact


Orlando Approach control on 134.95. In the Melbourne area, contact
Orlando Approach control on 132.65. In southern Volusia County,
contact Orlando Approach control on 125.35. Flight Service can also
be reached locally by radio on the Titusville RCO at 123.6 or the
Melbourne RCO on 122.6. Advisories will also be available from the
control tower at Space Coast Regional Airport at 118.9 megahertz.

BRIDGES AND ACCESS HIGHWAYS CONTROLLED FOR LAUNCH

The opening and closing of bridges over waterways surrounding KSC will
be strictly controlled during the hours immediately before and after
the launch period for each space shuttle mission.

Bridges affected by the launch include:

* Port Canaveral Barge Canal (State Road 401);

* Indian River/NASA Causeway West (Intracoastal Waterway);

* Merritt Island Barge Canal (Merritt Island State Road 3);

* Haulover Canal (State Road 3, north of KSC).

Restraints on bridge openings for boat traffic begin three hours


before launch. The bridges may be opened for five minutes at the
following points in the launch countdown: T-180 minutes, T-150
minutes, T-120 minutes, T-90 minutes and T-65 minutes. Adding 20
minutes to these times and then subtracting the total number of
minutes from the opening of the 10-minute launch window (6:57 p.m.)
will result in an approximate time of openings.

Bridges will remain closed to boat traffic until 90 minutes after


liftoff (T+90). They may then open for five minutes at T+90, T+120
minutes and T+150 minutes. Bridge operations will return to normal
three hours after launch (T+180 minutes).
Should the shuttle be required to perform a return-to-launch-site
landing at KSC, all bridges would remain closed to boat traffic from
45 minutes before landing until at least one hour after landing.

State Road 3 from the Gate 2 Pass and Identification Building to State
Road 405 (NASA Causeway) via Space Commerce Way will be closed on
launch day, Aug. 7, beginning at 11 a.m. NASA Causeway between the
KSC Visitor Complex and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame will also be
closed starting at that time. Only badged employees and guests with
passes will be permitted access. These roads will reopen
approximately two hours after launch.

On the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, State Road 406 east to State
Road 3, as well as State Road 3 south from Haulover Canal bridge to
State Road 402 leading to Titusville, will close at 4:57 p.m. on
launch day and reopen after launch.

KSC AREA BOATING RESTRICTIONS

Waterways and boating near KSC will be strictly controlled prior to


and during the launch of Endeavour on STS-118.

Safety and security requirements, including Air Force range safety


impact limit lines, will go into effect three days before launch.
Other requirements will be phased into effect through sunset the
night before launch. A general description of the area follows:

ATLANTIC OCEAN: Beginning on L-3 days (Saturday, Aug. 4) at 6 p.m. and


continuing through launch, a general exclusion zone will be in effect
three miles offshore from the Haulover Canal, near the north end of
KSC, and southward to Port Canaveral. Four hours prior to launch, all
ocean-going traffic will be restricted from entering an area measured
from nine miles north and south of the launch pad and extending 64
miles east into the ocean. An additional three-mile-wide exclusion
zone will be extended eastward along the flight path of the space
shuttle.

INDIAN RIVER: Restrictions apply from the NASA Causeway north to the
Haulover Canal and east of the Indian River's main channel.
Restrictions begin on L-3 days (Saturday, Aug. 4).

MOSQUITO LAGOON: This area south of the Haulover Canal in the Mosquito
Lagoon is off limits to all boats beginning on L-1 day (Monday, Aug.
6).
BANANA RIVER: Security limits begin at the Banana River Barge Canal
south of KSC at the State Road 528 crossing and extend north. This
restriction is effective 16 hours prior to launch (Tuesday, Aug. 7,
at 3 a.m.).

All boating restrictions will be lifted approximately one hour after


launch. Boating interests should monitor Coast Guard Channel 16
broadcasting from Port Canaveral. The Coast Guard, the Fish and
Wildlife Service, and KSC security forces share responsibility for
enforcing the boating guidelines.

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