NASA teams continue to monitor severe weather ahead of Artemis I Wet rehearsal

Artemis I at Pad 39B Sunrise

Sunrise casts a golden glow on the Artemis I Space Launch System (SLS) and the Orion spacecraft on Launch Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 23, 2022. Credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky

The launch team continues to monitor the storm in the Kennedy Space Center area around Launch Complex 39B. One of the lightning masts was hit tonight and teams are currently investigating possible effects.

The lightning protection system consists of three nearly 600-foot towers that work together to protect the rocket from lightning strikes. The team will provide an update once a decision has been made on the intensity of the strike and a plan for how to proceed.

US Space Force Space Launch Delta 45 meteorologists are currently predicting favorable weather conditions for refueling on April 3rd. This afternoon’s forecast is slightly better than yesterday. Currently there is less than a 5% chance of lightning within five nautical miles of the launch pad. Weather restrictions dictate that there must be less than 20% chance of lightning within 5 nautical miles of pad during the first hour of refueling. Forecasters are also predicting a 10% chance of winds in excess of 23 knots on April 3, when refueling begins. The wind must not exceed 37.5 knots and the temperature must not be below 41 degrees Fahrenheit. NASA teams continue to monitor severe weather ahead of Artemis I Wet rehearsal

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