NASA mentioned on Friday that its Area Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft seem to have survived their encounter with Hurricane Nicole this week with out incurring any vital injury.
“Proper now there’s nothing stopping us from attending to the 16th,” mentioned Jim Free, the engineer who leads the event of exploration programs for NASA. To that finish, the area company is working towards a launch at 1:04 am ET (06:04 UTC) on Wednesday, from Kennedy Area Heart. This Artemis I mission will ship an uncrewed Orion spacecraft across the Moon in preparation for human missions later this decade.
Free mentioned Nicole produced vital winds over the spaceport in Florida. Nonetheless, he didn’t present exact numbers, nor actual design specs that the Area Launch System rocket is designed to resist. Nonetheless, Free mentioned that at no level was the rocket uncovered to wind gusts above its design limits. This seems to take a look at, based mostly on publicly out there information. For instance, the Nationwide Climate Service reported a most wind gust of 93 mph at an altitude of 200 toes on the rocket’s launch pad, which is near, however not above, the rocket’s restrict of 97 mph at that top (see full SLS design specs for climate).
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