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Fri, Mar 07, 2008

NASA Publishes Airspace Restrictions For STS-123 Launch

Liftoff Scheduled For March 11 At 0228 EDT

Editor's Note: Below is the published airspace restriction information released by NASA, for next Tuesday's scheduled early-morning launch of the space shuttle Endeavour.

Launch Date: March 11, 2008
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Endeavour
Launch Pad: 39A
Launch Window: 2:23 - 2:33 a.m. EDT
Targeted Launch Time: 2:28 a.m. EDT

What: Cape Canaveral Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR)
When: From 7:23 p.m. Monday, March 10, until no later than 3:04 a.m. Tuesday, March 11.
Where: General aviation and visual flight rules operations are prohibited within a 30-nautical-mile radius of Kennedy's 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.

Aeronautical Chart in Use: Orlando Class B airspace

Restrictions: Before departure, pilots should obtain NOTAM information regarding affected airports. Within an airspace radius between 30 and 40 nautical miles of Pad 39A, a discrete transponder code must be obtained and clearance granted from air traffic control before entering this airspace. Continuous radio communications must be maintained. All VFR aircraft are restricted to 180 knots or less unless a variance is granted by air traffic control.

NOTAM Information: St. Petersburg Flight Service Station
Telephone: 1-800/992-7433
Radio frequencies: 123.6 MHz (Titusville) and 122.6 MHz (Melbourne)

Radio Communications: FAA Orlando Approach Control Titusville/Cocoa area: 134.950 MHz Melbourne area: 132.650 MHz South Volusia County: 125.350 MHz Space Coast Regional Airport control tower: 118.9 MHz

FMI: www.nasa.gov, www.tfr.faa.gov

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