NASA says Artemis I was not damaged by Hurricane Ian and is scheduled for launch in November

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (WFLA) — Teams at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center have confirmed that Artemis I’s flight hardware was not damaged during Hurricane Ian.

NASA said the rocket suffered minor water intrusion in some places, but the flight hardware was unaffected by the storm, which made landfall in southwest Florida on Wednesday before hitting the Space Coast as a Category 1 hurricane the next day have.

Engineering teams will extend access platforms around the rocket and Orion spacecraft for a closer look inside the vehicle assembly building. Then NASA said they will begin preparations for another launch attempt, which will include testing the flight termination system — a process that will blow up the missile if it veers off course and threatens people on the ground.

NASA said it will prepare to launch the rocket between November 12 and 27. The agency said it will determine how much work needs to be done in the coming days and set a date for the next launch attempt.

“By focusing efforts on the November launch phase, Kennedy employees will have time to attend to the needs of their families and homes after the storm and teams to identify additional checkouts that will be needed before moving to launch return to launch site,” NASA said in a press release. NASA says Artemis I was not damaged by Hurricane Ian and is scheduled for launch in November

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